New Approach to Underwater Technologies for Innovative, Low-cost Ocean obServation
NAUTILOS – a New Approach to Underwater Technologies for Innovative, Low-cost Ocean observation is an H2020 project funded under the Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative, coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), which brings together a group of 21 partners from 11 European countries with multidisciplinary expertise.
NAUTILOS will fill in existing marine observation and modelling gaps through the development of a new generation of cost-effective sensors and samplers for physical (salinity, temperature), chemical (inorganic carbon, nutrients, oxygen), and biological (phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine mammals) essential ocean variables. In addition, micro-/nano-plastics sensors will be developed to improve our understanding of environmental change and anthropogenic impacts related to aquaculture, fisheries, and marine litter, as well as supporting the EU’s efforts towards a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. Newly developed marine technologies will be integrated with different observational platforms and deployed through the use of novel approaches in a broad range of crucial environmental settings (e.g. from shore to deep-sea deployments) and EU policy-relevant applications.
The fundamental aim of the project will be to complement and expand current European observational tools and services, obtaining a collection of data at a greater spatial resolution, temporal regularity and size than that currently available on European scale. A further objective will be to enable and democratise the monitoring of the marine environment for both traditional and non-traditional data users. The NAUTILOS project will develop, integrate, validate and demonstrate new cutting-edge technologies involving sensors, interoperability and embedding skills. The goals of the project will always guide the development, focusing on the scalability, modularity, cost-effectiveness and open-source availability of the software and data. NAUTILOS will also provide full and open data feed towards well-established portals and data integrators (e.g. EMODnet, CMEMS, JERICO,…).
ISTI-CNR is the Coordinator of the project and will deal with Data Management aspects, from data quality assessment, to data use and sharing on well-established external repositories. Image analysis algorithms will be developed for the categorization or recognition of already available and newly acquired marine environmental images. The final goal will be to provide tools to automatically perform these tasks on different kind of images.