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CNR-ISMAR LiSO-HFR (Ligurian Sea HF Radar Observing Network)
Web site address:   Location Ligurian Sea (presently situated in Adriatic Sea, to be relocated in the Ligurian Sea within 2015)

Description of the infrastructure: 4 SeaSonde CODAR HF radar system, used to monitor surface currents and transport in coastal areas with extensive spatial coverage (30-100km) and high temporal resolution (30 minutes).

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: The system currently provides map visualisation and animation for a quick insight into the evolution of currents. Data access services are presently under implementation and they will be available within JERICO. The following services will be provided. During the first two years (up to M24), a coherent set of raw data and metadata will be provided for testing methods, computing total velocities and QC. During this period, the main target users are the European HF radar network participants interested in scientific methodological investigation and calibration with benchmark dataset. After M24, hourly radial and vectorial velocity data with a basic QC as harmonized in WP2 will be provided for environmental monitoring and investigation. Particle tracking algorithms will be made available to simulate particle releases and transport for environmental applications (e.g. investigation of plankton or pollutant transport). During this period, the main target users are coastal scientists interested in environmental applications.

Support offered under this proposal: Support for data access and download: example scripts will be provided to the interested users. Algorithm description and scripts will be provided together with test cases to assess algorithm setup.

Outreach to new users: As stated above, two different groups of potential users will be sought. The first group (up to M24) involves the European HF radar network participants, with the goal of providing a data set for scientific methodological studies on data retrievals and quality control. The opportunity to use the JERICO data set in this sense will be presented at dedicated HF radar EuroGOOS and network meetings. The second group (after M24) includes the larger community of coastal scientists interested in environmental applications. We expect that new potential users will be attracted through outreach activities at different levels, from international scientific meetings to stakeholders meeting. 

JERICO will provide the first opportunity to open the infrastructure to users other than the host country, and it is expected that the demand for the access will include other nations given the transboundary nature of coastal currents and transport.


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Web site address:   Location Aegean Sea, Cretan Sea

Description of the infrastructure: POSEIDON system is a monitoring, forecasting and information system for the Greek Seas. The coastal observing part of the system consists of three oceanographic stations that are deployed in Saronikos gulf. A series of atmospheric parameters such as the wind speed and direction, the atmospheric pressure and the air temperature are recorded in all stations together with a number of surface marine parameters such as waves, sea surface temperature and salinity, current speed and direction. In the Northern Aegean and the Cretan Sea, temperature and salinity recordings are collected for the first hundred meters while in the Cretan Sea biochemical data (chlorophyll-A, dissolved oxygen) down to the same depth are also collected. The last two years, a ferrybox system has been installed in a high-speed ferry in the Piraeus-Heraklion route, providing data about the sea surface temperature and salinity, chlorophyll-A, dissolved oxygen and turbidity of the Southern Aegean Sea. The forecasting module of the POSEIDON system consists of four numerical models that provide in daily basis forecasts regarding the atmospheric, sea state, hydrodynamic and ecological conditions of the Greek Seas.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: The POSEIDON Database that contains the physical, chemical and biological data recorded by the oceanographic stations is available online, offering also downloading functions for the whole data set. The data are released both in real-time and delayed modes, providing data in different level of processing. The POSEIDON Live Access Server (LAS) is a friendly-to-use graphical interface for accessing the results of all the POSEIDON forecasting models for the last five years. Using this advanced service, the user can select specific areas for a certain period of time and display or download the model results, plot vertical transects over a period of time, produce time-series for specific points in the model’s domain area, etc. This service is advancing the use of the numerical model outputs by providing the online tools for efficient processing.

Support offered under this proposal: Information about data collection and processing will be available. The implementation of the different level of Quality Control procedures will be highlighted and explained: The real-time time QC procedures, the delayed mode analysis and the validation procedures with reference to the recent climatology will be explained in order to be evident the different level of processing and the production of different data sets. Regarding the online processing of numerical model results, detailed instructions will be available to users in order the variety of options that are offered for the analysis of the models data to be efficiently applied. Furthermore, a help desk service will be introduced that will be able to answer the user’s queries offering guidance and support both in scientific and technical issues.

Outreach to new users: Currently, both the POSEIDON database and the processing of the numerical models online tools are mainly acessible to the scientific community since the provided information is technical and scientific. Efforts  will be made for a provision of a more user-friendly interface with a much simpler and easy to understand terminology that will facilitate the use of the services by users beyond the scientific community. Under this development, the online services will be addressed to organizations that are dealing with the marine environment such as marine authorities, environmental agencies, NGOs, etc.


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SOCIB SOCIB Data Centre Multi-Platform Observatory
Web site address:   Location Balearic Islands

Description of the infrastructure: SOCIB Data Centre provides access to the multi-platform observing system of the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean. SOCIB data Centre allows direct access to all the observations and sensors available from the different SOCIB Facilities, including: HF radar, gliders, drifting buoys and profilers, fixed stations (sea level, coastal stations, weather stations, oceanographic deep and coastal moorings), beach monitoring stations (images from real time cameras, beach morphology and weather variables). In this project we will provide access to 3 installations:

  • The HF Radar Ibiza Channel: provides surface currents on a 3 km-resolution grid at hourly intervals, with a range up to 74~km (40 nautical miles).
  • The Ibiza Channel Fixed Station located in a biodiversity international hot spot: made up of a weather station, a wave recorder, a multi-parameter probe (oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity) at 1 m, a current profiler at 5 m, a temperature recorder at 5 m, and three conductivity and temperature recorders at 20, 60 and 95 m.
  • The Bay of Palma Buoy located in a key touristic area: made up of a weather station, a wave recorder, a multi-parameter probe (oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity) at 1 m, a current meter at 1 m, and a current profiler at 2 m.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure: the SOCIB data centre provides different kinds of data, from the multi-platform observing systems to scientists and society in general (including Search and Rescue Operators such as SASEMAR (HF radar hourly data)). Specific products and services (Seaboard: have been designed and tailored for end users from different sectors: recreational boating, marinas and harbours, tourists and hotels, divers and surfers, etc. At a European level, data from the infrastructure leads to high-quality science, such as the new Mean Dynamic Topography for the Mediterranean Sea (SMDT-MED-2014). The availability of quality controlled data in near real-time is of crucial importance, amongst other things, for model validation.

Support offered under this proposal: the SOCIB data centre will make available quality controlled data in a standard format (NetCDF CF-compliant). The data centre will also provide support for discovery, cataloguing, visualisation and download of the corresponding data files.

Outreach to new users: SOCIB Data Centre will make available and communicate the multi-platform observing systems approach from SOCIB, by this providing new opportunities of access to new European research teams, civil society and policy makers. SOCIB Data Centre will also develop new end-user applications related to specific products and services to attract different targets and end users such as fisherman/sailors/nautical sports, professors and students, environmental managers, etc.; adapting the data to the needs of the different end users through for example multimedia applications for mobile platforms, information panels for the touristic sector (hotels/SeaBoards), harbors and marinas, educational books for students.


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CNRS Environment Observable Littoral
Web site address:   Location Ligurian Sea

Description of the infrastructure: This autonomous platform is deployed at the mouth of the bay of Villefranche-sur-mer, (43°40’54.16”N; 07°19’10.48”E). It is moored over rocky bottom depth of 90 m. As no continental platform is present in this area, this site is under offshore influences, for physical parameters as well as for biological ones. Its equipment comprises: a meteorological station (station Vaisala WXT 520), a winch dedicated to ctd (temperature and salinity at the moment, extension to others sensors in the future) profiles. Core oceanographic parameters (temperature, salinity, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen) are acquired with a SeaBird SBE19 on an hourly basis at a fixed depth (1.5 m). A fixed pH sensor is deployed in a developmental phase of validation.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure : This structure, newly deployed, contributes to the network SOMLIT within its “High Frequency Acquisition” part. Validated time series data will be provided to the user community (scientists, policy makers, etc.). As this platform is closed to a historical sampling site (Point B site, weekly sampling since 1957 of  physical, chemical and biological parameters), it provides high frequency data which continue a long multi-parametric time series. This infrastructure is available for researchers to conduct projects on ecosystems dynamics as well as on the evolution of the Mediterranean Sea within the context of climatic changes and/or anthropogenic forcing.

Support offered under this proposal : The data will be available on line according to a data access policy. Information about data collection, processing, etc. will be made available.

Outreach to new users : More data are planned to be acquired with new sensors (e.g. nitrate, in situ cytometer). We expect to improve the availability and validation of the data through this project, and developed collaborations through the community to assess the Mediterranean specificity and evolution through time.