CITCLOPS: Citizens’ Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring

Email: jesus.fernandez@eurecat.org

Funding: 4.7 million euros

Programme: FP7-ENVIRONMENT - Specific Programme "Cooperation": Environment (including Climate Change)

Status: CLOSED

In the marine environment, anthropogenic pressures on resources and non-anthropogenic causes may create harmful conditions that affect human society. Harmful algal blooms and habitat destruction are examples, which pose serious human-health threats and severely affect numerous industries, causing annual economic losses in the tens of millions of euros, in the form of reduced sales, diminished tourist activity and unemployment. A widely adopted, scientific way to assess the environmental status of water bodies is by measuring their optical properties (as indicators of, e.g., sewage impact, dissolved organic matter, sediment load or gross biological activity). The Citclops project aims to develop systems to retrieve and use data on seawater colour, transparency and fluorescence, using low-cost sensors combined with contextual information (e.g., georeferencing) and a community-based Internet platform, taking into account existing experiences (e.g., Secchi Dip-In, Coastwatch Europe and Oil Reporter). Simple and fast methods to establish the optical properties of seawater will be developed and used: e.g., the colour through Forel-Ule observations, and transparency through a variant of the Secchi disc. People will be able to acquire data taking photographs of the sea surface on ferries or other vessels, at the open sea or from the beach. Wearable digital cameras for aquatic activities with extended sensing systems are also proposed as alternative resources for crowdsourcing data. Data are automatically uploaded through a specific service or application (such as Google+ Instant Upload), archived remotely and processed, and resulting information is accessed through a webpage or a mobile application by end users. These are: policy makers (e.g., local administrations), which will be able to use the information to improve the management of the coastal zone; and citizens, who will be able to maximize their experience in activities in which water quality has a role.

Keywords: Marine environment, water quality, citizens' observatory, optical monitoring, environmental monitoring

Communities

MARINA project

Themes

Hazard and the protection of coastal areas

Technology and innovation

Marine regions

Value not available

Related issues

Pollution caused by human, land and sea pressures

Sectors

Education and Research

Societal challenges

Climate action, environment, resource and efficiency and raw materials

Training

Type of stakeholders involved

Scientists and Research Organization

Educational Organizations and Students

Industries and SMEs

Local Administrations and Municipalities

Citizen and Civil Society organization

Policy Makers organization and Implementers

RRI Dimensions

Ethics

Gender equality

Governance

Open access

Public engagement

Science education

Name Family name Email Organization Country
Jesús Fernández Olivé jesus.fernandez@eurecat.org FUNDACIO EURECAT Spain
Name Family name Email Organization Country
Jesús Fernández Olivé jesus.fernandez@eurecat.org FUNDACIO EURECAT Spain
Jesús Fernández Olivé Not available FUNDACIO PRIVADA BARCELONA DIGITAL CENTRE TECNOLOGIC Spain
Alberto Sereno Alvarez Not available AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Spain
Sabine Geruschke Not available CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG Germany
Pieter Honkoop Not available STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE Netherlands
Oscar Riera Not available KINETICAL BUSINESS SL Spain
Rüdiger Heuermann Not available TRIOS MESS- UND DATENTECHNIK GMBH Germany
Dick Schaap Not available MARIENE INFORMATIE SERVICE MARIS BV Netherlands
Caroline Guiot Not available NOVELTIS SAS France
Deirdre Savage Not available THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN Ireland
Yvonne Kops Not available STICHTING VU Netherlands
Remi Laane Not available STICHTING DELTARES Netherlands

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Title Citclops App
Link http://www.citclops.eu/participate/how-to-get-the-app
Description The Citclops project aims to develop systems to retrieve and use data on seawater colour, transparency and fluorescence, using low-cost sensors combined with contextual information (e.g., georeferencing) and a community-based Internet platform, taking into account existing experiences (e.g., Secchi Dip-In, Coastwatch Europe and Oil Reporter). Simple and fast methods to establish the optical properties of seawater will be developed and used: e.g., the colour through Forel-Ule observations, and transparency through a variant of the Secchi disc. People will be able to acquire data taking photographs of the sea surface on ferries or other vessels, at the open sea or from the beach. Wearable digital cameras for aquatic activities with extended sensing systems are also proposed as alternative resources for crowdsourcing data.
Usable by researchers Yes
Usable by policy makers Yes
Usable by general public Yes
Usable by other stakeholders Possibly
Other type Mobile app

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