PLOCAN, the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, is a joint initiative between the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments. It is a multipurpose service centre with novel land-based and sea-based infrastructures to support research, technology development and innovation in the marine and maritime sector. Its mission is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services, such as observatories, test site, base for underwater vehicles, training and innovation hub.
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PLOCAN operates a fixed offshore platform installed in its marine test site in the NE coast of Gran Canaria. It has a net surface around 2,500 m2 of research capacity, space for laboratories, instrumented containers and accommodation for researchers.The 23 km
2 area of the marine test site offers progressive depths (0- 600 m) and the capacity to evacuate up to 15 MW of electricity through its Electrical and Communication grid Infrastructure. A fleet of unmanned marine vehicles and moored buoys equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors are also available in order to cover real-time monitoring needs in the area.
CORES Ltd., Coastal Research and Engineering Services, is an SME located in Varna, Bulgaria. CORES collect, provide and use data and observations of aquatic environments, together with the relevant services and research activities, along the Western Black Sea coast and adjacent inland water bodies. Collection of marine data, and presenting accurate information in real-time using telemetry (including bathymetry, physics, water quality) is one of the core activities of CORES ltd. The company is involved in research, and building data-bases on human activities in the Western Black sea (marine aquaculture, offshore wind, oil & gas, dredging works).
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CORES use their own Unmanned Surface Vehicles (solar powered), carrying relevant on board equipment (GPS, echosounder, ADCP, cameras, etc.). Recently CORES were granted an EU Horizon 2020 EASME grant to contribute to further development of their autonomous data collection technology. CORES team works in good cooperation with main national maritime organisations, as well as with a number of partner organizations from the EU, such as MacArtney (DK), CEDA (NL), DHI WASY (DE), etc.
DEME, the Belgian Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering group is an international market leader for complex marine engineering works. Building on more than 140 years of experience and know-how, DEME has organically moved into several related sectors, such as the financing of marine engineering and environmental projects, executing complex EPC related marine engineering projects including civil engineering works, the development and construction of renewable energy projects, providing services for the oil, gas and energy sector, the decontaminating and recycling of polluted soils and silts, the harvesting of marine resources, etc. DEME is committed to conducting its business in a way that minimises adverse impact on the environment.
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Thanks to an integrated company structure, DEME strongly emerges as a 'global solutions provider' which offers its clients overall solutions. DEME has the modern, high-tech and versatile fleet. DEME Group has 4,600 employees worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.35 billion euros in 2015.
ESGEMAR, S.A.Was established in 1984 and since beginning has been drawn up technical consulting in projects related with the marine environment.
ESGEMAR, S.A.has a vast experience in marine geophysical exploration, marine geology, geotechnical studies, submarine resources, submarine hazards cartography, seafloor mapping and charting, underground hazards mapping for fishing, biodiversity studies, marine environment and underwater environmental impact reports.
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The company has an active co-operation with Research Institutes and close relationships with European Universities.
It has also maintained and improved the business management, focused on quality assurance and environmental values. ESGEMAR have renewed certifications ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.
GAMMA CONSULTING / SRF GAMMA_ COMPANY PROFILE
Gamma Consulting is a private, independent company with wide spectrum of interests and capabilities. The company was set up in 1991 under the name of Scientific-research firm Gamma (SRF Gamma). The company's main interests were revolving around water and natural resources in Georgia. Later on, the sphere of company’s capabilities expanded to include environmental consultancy, design and engineering services.
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In 2011 decision was made to ‘separate’ environmental, natural resources and design units from the lab service. This is when Gamma Consulting was formed. To date Gamma Consulting is one of the leading consultancy centres focused on environment protection, environmental engineering, water and natural resources in Georgia. Services provided to the clients are backed by the laboratory complex of SRF Gamma.
Company staff is around 100 strong with expertise including environmental and soil science, engineering, geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, chemistry, biology, microbiology, engineering, design, and IT.
Ocean and inland waters
From data acquisition to end users’ applications
SeaTopic provides expertise and technologies for sustainable exploitation of salt/fresh water and water ways.
The company was created in 2015 by 5 shareholders with sound competencies in oceanography/hydrography, a portfolio of proven technologies and a consequent international cooperation network.
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SeaTopic is positioned at the frontier of R&D and business development. The company works in collaboration with public and private partners, of very various profiles and fields of activities: navigation, aquaculture, protection of marine environment, risk management, etc.
Our rationale is to gather best expertise and techniques to provide quality solutions for our customers: from data acquisition, to modelling and forecast services, up to user applications.
Partnership for setting up, managing or contributing to development projects
Contracts for provisioning of services, products or expertise
Support for fund raising
Umbrella for projects needing an international legal framework
SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System: The Challenge of New Multi-Platform & Integrated Ocean Observing Systems to Understand Ocean State and Variability from Events to Climate
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SOCIB is a marine research infrastructure, a multi-platform ocean observing system that is leading a new era of ocean observation, a key grand challenge our society is facing today. SOCIB and similar infrastructures worldwide, because of their scientific excellence, critical mass, multidisciplinary, integrated and targeted approach, open data policy and sustained funding, are establishing new research ecosystems that facilitate mission-oriented innovation. More specifically, SOCIB contributes to state-of-the-art science, implements new technologies, responds to society needs and challenges and develops new products. Through all this, and with well-focused outreach and science-society engagement, SOCIB team contributes to bridge the science-policy gap. SOCIB is establishing new ways of international partnership to reach high level goals & grand challenges that are leading to major science breakthroughs, innovations in ocean observation and new ways of more efficient and science based coastal and ocean management to guarantee healthy oceans for a sustainable planet of our future generations. SOCIB is therefore fully aligned with SDG’s and the recent UN initiative declaring the oceans as the new frontier and 2021-2030 the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.
HR Wallingford is an independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.
HR Wallingford delivers practical solutions to the complex water-related challenges faced by their international clients. With a 70 year track record of achievement, their unique mix of know-how, assets and facilities includes state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of numerical modelling tools and, above all, enthusiastic people with world-renowned skills and expertise.
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Based in the UK, HR Wallingford has a reputation for excellence and innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development.
HR Wallingford reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents and alliances around the world.
The University of Genoa is an education and research institute based in Genoa, the biggest and most important commercial harbor of Italy. There are different research groups in the University focused on the marine environment dealing with different subjects such as biology, ecology, geophysics, industry, economy…
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The research group based in the Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering develops research about the dynamics of the sea (currents, waves, winds) either with theoretical approach and with numerical tools. Specific interest relies in coupled ocean-atmospheric dynamics, sea wave growth and propagation, deep-water/continental shelf/costal morphodynamics, coastal structures and future climate projections.
Envision Mapping Ltd. is an international environmental consultancy and research company, specialising in marine, coastal and seabed mapping and surveys along with spatial data analysis and decision support for marine developments, planning and coastal zone management. We deliver quality bespoke products and services to a wide variety of clients (from governments and NGOs to industry and the private sector) world-wide.
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Envision has experience of baseline mapping for Environmental Assessment and habitat mapping for marine management objectives in the UK, Europe and internationally. A detailed understanding of both the survey and analytical techniques required for seabed mapping has been derived from a broad portfolio of mapping projects completed to the satisfaction of our diverse range of clients.
Envision Mapping has been involved in mapping surveys and projects and have contributed to the development of survey protocols through the BioMar LIFE project (1992-6), the Broadscale Mapping Project (1996-9) and Intereg IIIB – MESH Project (2004-2008) along with numerous protected area mapping projects in the UK.
RPS Ocean Science (formerly ASA) has been a science and technology solutions company, specialized in data analysis and management, including oceanographic, meteorological, biological, chemical, and limnological data, large-scale data integration, Big Data analytics, Cloud computing, and data dissemination technologies. Our capabilities are founded on a large and diverse range of hydrologic, oceanographic, and meteorological instrumentation, sophisticated computing facilities and extensive suites of validated modeling software and data analysis tools that have been adopted as a standard to specially assist with ocean planning, oil spill responses and Search and Rescue missions.
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Our core business activities are:
Oceanographic, meteorological and inland water measurements
Integrated real-time monitoring systems
Coastal and marine geoscience
Software development and Geomatics
Numerical modeling of physical, chemical and biological processes
Coastal engineering support
Environmental consultancy and planning
Data management and analytic
Lange Research Aircraft GmbH (LRA) is a spin-off of Lange Aviation GmbH, a pioneer in commercial electric flying, with 20 years of experience as a designer and manufacturer of high performance gliders. Based on this technology, LRA develops -with a team of about 30 people- a hybrid hydrogen-powered electric aircraft with an extremely long range and maximum reliability. This product opens up a variety of commercial applications in manned and unmanned missions.
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The Antares E2 project is an electrically powered aircraft that can be used for multiple observation or surveillance tasks. The outstanding features of this aircraft are an extremely long flight duration of 40 h and a payload of approx. 200 kg. The Antares E2 carries optical, thermosensitive and multi- / hyperspectral imaging sensors. Another unique feature of the product is its high reliability, which allows its use in the area of marine tasks. Monitoring and surveillance missions today are flown by conventionally powered aircraft – bringing additional pollution into the air. The Antares E2 is blue and will make the operation of such missions more economical by significantly reducing fuel consumption and lowering set-up costs, and the dimension will allow this cost advantage for new missions not yet flown for economic reasons and unlock this market.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC), currently referred to as BarcelonaTech and commonly named just as UPC, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. It also offers programs in other disciplines such as mathematics and architecture.UPC's objectives are based on internationalization, as it is one of Europe's technical universities with the most international PhD students and the university with the largest share of international master's degree students. UPC is a university aiming at achieving the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top- ranked European universities
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The UPC generates knowledge and transfers it to the production sector to increase businesses' capacity for innovation and competitiveness. In addition to this kind of collaboration, which is often international in scope, the UPC also specifically attends to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises that want to innovate, by becoming their main technological partner.
The SARTI research group at UPC operates the
Obsea underwater cabled observatory (that was deployed in 2009 in the Mediterranean Sea with two main objectives: to study and monitor coastal process and biological habitat at the Catalan coast, and secondly to become a reference underwater test site for new instruments, sensors and also as a test site for new data communication protocols and data management. The Obsea data management system is dealing with many different types of data, mainly physical parameters and biological indicators using video cameras. www.obsea.es)
The Obsea observatory is already monitoring real time underwater noise and seismometry. Many interoperability experiments have been carried out using the observatory with the data produced already available through Emodnet (
http://www.emodnet-physics.eu/Map/platinfo/piroosplot.aspx?platformid=8805&7days=true) or via public datasets in Pangaea ( https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.883072).
Actually, Obsea is participating as one of the firsts underwater noise acoustic providers in order to generate underwater noise products from Emodnet Physics see
IST is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal. The MARETEC centre ( http://www.maretec.org) is an IST centre which main expertise is in developing, implementing, validating and providing forecasts for watershed, coastal and ocean hydrodynamic and ecological processes by means of numerical models.
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MARETEC’s main activities focus on numerical modelling applied to water environments, monitoring and data management. MARETEC is the main developer of the MOHID modelling system (
http://www.mohid.com) an open source numerical tool able to simulate open ocean, estuaries and watersheds processes. IST has been involved in many international projects in areas related to marine pollution and coastal preparedness, marine renewable energies, hydrodynamics and water quality and sustainable management of marine ecosystem services. MARETEC is currently collaborating with EMODnet physics as an ensemble centre for river data.
Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) was set up by a group of key stakeholders in 1999 to provide an unbiased forum for thought, leadership, debate, and planning for the long-term benefit of the tidal river. The Thames Estuary Partnership region runs through the most densely populated city in Europe and some of the UK's most extensive marine and coastal protected areas. As an independent charity we exist to improve shared understanding of the river's needs amongst key stakeholders.
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We achieve this by bringing together port and local authorities, riverside developers, leisure users, charities, and other user groups and agencies through regular networking events, action groups, and independently-run research projects aimed at maximising the social, economic and environmental benefits for the tidal Thames. We also develop a wide range of projects relating to flooding, green and blue infrastructure, environmental enhancement, data, recreational water use, industry, pollution, education and skills, maritime or archaeological heritage and seascapes of particular appeal to our stakeholders.TEP’s ongoing projects are:
Thames Citizen Fish
Greater Thames Data Project
Coastal Partnership Network
North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)
Greater Thames Estuary Fish Migration Roadmap
To centralise and maintain the growing amount of data TEP is beginning to generate, we have established a Data Hub page to make in-house produced data publicly available:
access-tep-thames.opendata.arcgis.com. Website: www.thamesestuarypartnership.org
Helzel Messtechnik GmbH, founded in 1995, specialises on the development and production of environmental and oceanographic measurement systems. Their passion for environmental and oceanographic measurement technology is reflected in WERA® – Ocean Remote Sensing, a shore-based over-the-horizon radar to measure ocean currents, waves and wind up to ranges of more than 200 km.
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This technique provides important ocean parameters for coastal management and offshore operators as well as for research institutes. Due to the reliable and real time quality controlled output data, WERA® enjoys a unique reputation as leading system and more than 150 systems are installed in more than 25 countries world-wide. Helzel Messtechnik provides all services and training to configure the WERA® systems and software according to the operational requirements. Their quality management system, ISO 9001/2015, guarantees constant highest quality of our products and services. URL :
Nodalpoint Systems is a Greek SME, founded in 2008, focusing on designing, implementing, and delivering solutions using the Oracle technology portfolio and Oracle Reference and Enterprise Technology architectures. Typical end customers are large companies and public sector institutions introducing or utilizing Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions as part of their IT modernization strategy and efforts. The company maintains an internal R&D department focusing on big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI); a product of this activity is SatShipAI, providing maritime surveillance from open satellite imagery based upon cutting-edge AI techniques.
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Consistent maritime surveillance for detecting illegal activities in the seas and oceans remains an open problem: piracy, smuggling, pollution, and illegal fishing are only some of the activities involving rogue vessels that are taking place every day in the vast open seas.
Currently, the asset mainly used for maritime surveillance in the open seas is the Automatic Identification System (AIS); but AIS is a co-operative system: rogue actors can always switch off their onboard AIS transponder, or even spoof it, thus becoming "dark" ships. And even legitimate, non-rogue vessels, can seem dark unwillingly (and even unknowingly to them) from the receiving point of view, despite transmitting: shore AIS receivers have only a range of about 40 NM; and satellite AIS reception is compromised due to signal congestion, when too many ships are present in the satellite’s field of reception, compounded by the fact that the satellite spends only a limited time covering a certain area.
SatShipAI aims to enhance and complement the maritime surveillance capabilities currently provided by AIS and similar systems using state of the art Artificial Intelligence (AI), in order to provide ship detection, type classification, and size estimation from open satellite imagery.
https://www.nodalpoint.com/ and https://satshipai.eu/