AquaMar: Marine Water Quality Information Services

The overall project objective is to build a reference technical body at European scale for water quality services, service quality management and services validation.

Objectives

The overall project objective is to build a reference technical body at European scale for water quality services, service quality management and services validation. The aim is to go beyond the state of the art with improved products and novel services, to address new markets and to develop a legal and economic framework for an open partnership of service providers. Validation and quality improvement guidelines will be compulsory. This will be the foundation of a sustainable service provision at European scale, as requested by operational users. The water quality services shall be backed up by an open network of service providers, not depending on single entities but economically beneficial for each member.

Project Summary

AquaMar provides Earth Observation (EO) based water quality services to support European and national monitoring agencies and industries operating in coastal waters. 

Marine water quality is a focus of monitoring agencies and the public, and it is the subject of several European Directives and regional conventions. Earth Observation can provide some valuable parameters for assessing the water quality (WQ). Therefore the AquaMar project is developing downstream services turning Marine Core Service (MCS) products into WQ services, demanded by end user. The objective is to improve existing products and develop new products for supporting user needs at European level by:

  • methodological research extending the existing WQ portfolio along the below 5 novel product lines
  • turning these into pre-operational services
  • establishing a validation & quality evolution process and data
  • evaluating the services with end users through service delivery trials model adaptation to MCS
  • transferring the developed services to other services providers (SP) through a well defined process (technical and organisational framework).

The AquaMar service portfolio includes five novel product lines;

  1. indicators for the reporting requirement of the Water Framework Directive and the European Marine Strategy,
  2. algal bloom forecasting,
  3. support to large scale marine infra.,
  4. services supporting the Bathing Water directive monitoring,
  5. aquaculture precision farming.

This is complemented by research on methods for improved standard WQ products, geostatistics, and distribution tech., to be used across the service portfolio. In parallel, a validation and quality evolution strategy is developed and applied, including the services sustainability wrt new space sensors. A user & customer board is steering the project, participating in the trials and providing feedback to the MCS, the validation and research activities.

The aim is to prepare the ground for a sustainable continuation and growth of WQ services, starting from heritage of 3 GSE projects (CoastWatch, ROSES, MarCoast) comprising a baseline portfolio of standard WQ products, a European wide user base and SP network.

 
Project Details
Acronym: 
AquaMar
Funding Agency: 
European Commission
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Lasse H. Pettersson
Coordinating Institute: 
Thales Alenia Space France
Project Status: 
Completed