Title: New approach to underwater technologies for innovative, low-cost ocean observation

Funding Source: EU H2020

Budget IMBBC: 895,875€

Start / End Date: 2020 - 2024

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Project Progress: 25%

Principal Investigator:

Eva Chatzinikolaou

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Marine biodiversity

Ecology and ecosystem management


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 to micro-/nano-plastics, to improve our understanding of environmental change and anthropogenic impacts related to aquaculture, fisheries, and marine litter. Newly developed marine technologies will be integrated with different observing platforms and deployed through the use of novel approaches in a broad range of key environmental settings (e.g. from shore to deep-sea deployments) and EU policy-relevant applications: a) Fisheries & Aquaculture Observing Systems; b) Platforms of Opportunity demonstrations; c) Augmented Observing Systems demonstration; d) Demonstrations on ARGO Platform; e) Animal-borne Instruments. The fundamental aim of the project will be to complement and expand current European observation tools and services, to obtain a collection of data at a much higher spatial resolution and temporal regularity and length than currently available at the European scale, and to further enable and democratise the monitoring of the marine environment to both traditional and non-traditional data users. Extensive citizen science initiatives are organised in order to facilitate public awareness and engagement.