Bio fouling is a common problem across observing systems, even though there is a significant gradient of magnitude in European Seas – north to south and west to east. Additionally each sensor has its own characteristics and requirements. Although during the last few years significant progress has been achieved towards the minimisation of biofouling on optical measurements with the introduction of copper shutters, the problem still exists. During JERICO:
- all different methods used across the network will be described with reference to the cost (implementation, maintenance) and adaptability (different sensors and areas).
- there will be sharing of best practices and methodologies across the network with the aim towards a common approach.
- new methods used by the community external to Jerico will be evaluated to identify and suggest possible future implementation.