Environmental assessment and monitoring

Contact person

Costas Dounas (retired)

Costas Dounas (retired)
Research Director

Name: Costas Dounas
Position: Research Director
Telephone: 2810 337814
Email: kdounas@hcmr.gr

Ecological assessment services
We provide ecological assessment in marine and transitional ecosystems through field surveys, including:
● biodiversity assessment
● identification and mapping of habitats
● assessment of the ecological status
● presence of pressures and threats.
Habitat mapping services include  Side Scan Sonar operations

  • underwater drones
  • underwater photography and video.

We also provide visual analyses of results, as well as consultations on management, conservation and restoration actions.

Environmental impact assessment and monitoring services
We coordinate and undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Environmental Studies (ES), including:
● monitoring of water quality of swimming beaches
● microbiological tests of bottled drinking waters
● marine pollution monitoring of underwater outfalls (e.g., sewage, power plants, desalination facilities), ports and marinas

We also provide advice on monitoring and mitigation of impacted coastal systems, assisting with insitu surveys and sampling design.


  • Municipalities
  • Regions
  • Prefectures
  • Municipal enterprises (water and sewerage)
  • Private aquaculture units

Related Content

  1. CIESM JellyWatch Program Monitoring jellyfish blooms along Mediterranean coasts and in the open sea. http://www.ciesm.org/marine/programs/jellywatch.htm
  2. On the occasion of the WORLD OCEANS DAY 2020 an international initiative entitled “Walking on the sea traces” is launched starting June 8th. HCMR in collaboration with other research and educational institutes/initiatives/networks asks you to help us collect new data that we need to better understand what is happening during this unique period of pandemic COVID-19 in the marine environment. If you want to collaborate and help us discover traces of the sea in your home, please fill in the questionnaires at the following website https://sites.google.com/view/camminandosulletraccedelmare/home/english
  3. Join the CIGESMED Citizen Science initiative on the distribution, status and threat of the endemic and sensitive Mediterranean coralligenous habitat http://cs.cigesmed.eu/
  4. RECONNECT Citizen Science https://cs-reconnect.hcmr.gr/

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