ODYSSEA will develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone. The platform will collect its 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 building on key initiatives such as Copernicus, GEOSS, GOOS, EMODNet, ESFRI, Lifewatch, Med-OBIS, GBIF, AquaMaps, Marine IBA e-atlas, MAPAMED and others with marine and maritime links. Through ODYSSEA’s end-user centred approach, in which the various groups of end-users and stakeholders, within and external to the Consortium, will be involved from Day 1 of the project in the design, development and operation of the platform, including identification of gaps in data collection and accessibility. High priority gaps will be filled through multiple approaches that include developing a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea (a.o. microplastic sensors), oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen scientist networks. Applying advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and fuse the large quantities of data in common standard type and format as well as other types of formats, the ODYSSEA platform will provide both primary data and on-demand derived data services, including forecasts, from ALL Mediterranean countries through a SINGLE PUBLIC PORTAL to various end-user groups and stakeholders. End-user requirements will drive the creation of secondary data sets which the platform will provide as new and packaged services matching the specialised information needs of users. ODYSSEA will improve accessibility to existing data as well as increase the temporal and geographic coverage of observational data in the Mediterranean.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Marco Zavatarelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Dimokritio Panepistimio Thrakis - Democritus University of Thrace(Greece)

Other Participants:
"Sapienza" Universita' Di Roma (Italy)
Wcmc Lbg (United Kingdom)
Arab Network for Environment and Development (Egypt)
Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (Greece)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Deltares Enabling Delta Life (Netherlands)
Edisoft-Empresa De Servicos E Desenvolvimento De Software Sa (Portugal)
Hidromod Modelacao Em Engenharia Lda (Portugal)
Fundacion instituto portuario de estudios y cooperacion de la comunidad valenciana (Spain)
Blue Lobster It Limited (United Kingdom)
Nord Sud Ventures (Algeria)
Thales SA (France)
develogic GmbH (Germany)
Association Eco Ocean (Israel)
AGIR Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources (Morocco)
Gtd Sistemas De Informacion Sa (Spain)
Alseamar (France)
Aristotele University Of Thessaloniki (Greece)
AGORA PSVD Ltd (Israel)
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz (Israel)
The Society For The Protection Of Nature In Israel-Spni (Israel)
Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (Tunisia)
İstanbul Üniversitesi (Turkey)
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (Spain)
Anddcvs (Tunisia)
Technion-Israel Institute Of Technology (Israel)
Collecte Localisation Satellites Sa (France)
Foundation for Research and Technology - HELLAS (Greece)

Third parties:
Technion Research And Development Foundation Ltd (Israel)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 8.398.716,25
Project Duration in months: 54
Start Date: 01/06/2017
End Date: 30/11/2021

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Oceans This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727277 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727277