€2 Million to provide High Resolution Data on Sea Water Quality
Published: 10 January 2019
Real time information and alerts given to ports and the aquaculture sector from this platform will improve their crisis management and (future) operations.
Using high resolution data to improve water quality
At this moment using new Sentinel images and high resolution model outputs in forecasting systems is not operational yet. Port authorities do not have sufficient means to monitor oil spills, algal blooms and collect continuous measurements on water quality indicators that are required by national and European regulations. Similarly, the aquaculture sector currently does not incorporate meteorological information and high resolution real-time water quality predictions into their operation.
The HiSea information services will include:
- Early warning services on potential risk factors issuing alerts on storms, harmful algal blooms, faecal contamination and other hazards.
- Real time crisis management regarding pollution accidents to identify the appropriate responses.
- Key performance indicators regarding fish growing rates, environmental conditions, or the level of vulnerability to storms for vessels.
- Information for planning operations including accurate and reliable meteorological, hydrodynamic and water quality forecasts.
- Knowledge data base built on cause-effect relations that will help better understand and manage future operations
Co-designed by users
“The main goal of HiSea services is to deliver accurate and reliable information, readily available, easily understandable to fit seamlessly users’ operation, planning and management requirements,” said Dr. Ghada El Serafy from Deltares, who is the coordinator of the HiSea Project. ‘HiSea will provide relevant information, derived from many different sources, in a simple and effective way to add value to their operations and providing them with a competitive advantage”. It is expected that the provided HiSea services will increase the turnover of the users through higher productivity, risk reduction, cost reduction in insurance, sensor maintenance and optimized operation. Within the consortium the users from both sectors, Port of Valencia and SELONDA Aquaculture SA, are co-designing the HiSea services.
The project, which received funding through the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is comprised of seven partners from The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and Israel.