The collaborative international project will develop a platform that will integrate existing data with information generated by coastal observations, new and existing sensors at sea, oceanographic models and mobile apps.
The European Union (EU) has awarded the international ODYSSEA consortium €8.4 million to develop an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observation and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin.
The ODYSSEA platform will collect information from databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, research institutions and universities. The 4.5-year project is aimed at making Mediterranean marine data easily accessible and tailored to the needs of multiple maritime sector end-users. These include wind farms, mariculture, ocean energy, oil and gas extraction, undersea cables, ports and shipping, policy and others.
ODYSSEA will develop a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea, employing oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen and scientist networks. It will also apply advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and integrate large quantities of data to provide tailored information services.
The ODYSSEA platform will provide, through a public portal, on-demand information services, including forecasts. The project will include capacity building to maximise exploitation of the information services for creating business and research opportunities across the Mediterranean Sea basin.
ODYSSEA is comprised of 28 partner organizations from 14 EU and non-EU countries across the Mediterranean. The consortium includes research institutes, universities, policy makers, non governmental organisations and SMEs.
ODYSSEA will hold its opening conference in the city of Kavala, Greece June 6–8, 2017.
ODYSSEA is an EU-funded project intended to make Mediterranean marine data easily accessible and operational to multiple end-users. ODYSSEA aims to develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin. The platform will collect data from the many databases maintained by agencies, public authorities and institutions of Mediterranean EU and non-EU countries, integrating existing earth observation facilities and networks in the Mediterranean Sea.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727277. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.