Project Overview

Ocean Observation and Monitoring

Funded through an EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation grant, TechOceanS will develop nine innovative technologies and methods for deep sea sensing, sample collection and on-board analysis, and AI-driven image processing and transmission.

At A Glance

Programme

HORIZON 2020 (H2020-BG-2020-1)

Type of Action

Research and Innovation Action

Topic

The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative

Duration

October 2020 – September 2024

Consortium

13 partners in 8 countries

Coordinator

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK

Total Budget

€8.9 Million

The Challenge

Ocean ecosystems are in a dire condition, with critical marine habitats destroyed, rising ocean acidity and oxygen depletion in key areas. To understand and protect these vital habitats, we need accurate and comprehensive measurements and data on the chemistry and biology of the oceans. TechOceanS will pioneer five new sensors, two imaging systems, a novel sampler and an Artificial Intelligence-driven image processing methodology, all capable of robust operations at depths beyond 2,000 metres.

Objectives

  • Create a step change in the capability of non-ship ocean observing systems to measure complex chemical and biological variables.

  • Develop new low-cost, mass-deployable sensor technologies and imaging techniques.

  • Minimise sensor size and power requirements, enabling their use on small platforms and allowing single platforms to host multiple systems.

  • Develop new low-cost and in situ sensors for aquaculture and fisheries including relevant chemical contaminants, biotoxins and environmental.

  • Develop new sensors to determine the distribution and fate of marine litter and microplastics.

  • Develop novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions for low-bandwidth, over-the-horizon communication.

  • Collaborate with external groups to further encourage the interoperable sharing of sensors, platforms and data.

Expected Impacts

TechOceanS will provide tangible benefits to those industries most directly reliant on the oceans, such as fisheries and aquaculture. These benefits will be achieved by contributing towards key components of the Blue Economy as described in international accords such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group, the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Developing new technologies for ocean sensing and environmental monitoring.

The new technologies developed in the project will enable the capture of vital, previously inaccessible data on the ocean’s biogeochemistry, biology and ecosystems.

Our Work