The technologies and processes developed in Themes 1-3 are only effective if they are properly and thoroughly tested across an appropriately representative cross section of current and emerging platforms. What’s more, TechOceanS is only one project in a rapidly evolving field of research. Regardless of where they’re being developed, as sensors become smaller, cheaper and platforms more autonomous, affordable and numerous, the amount of data will continue to grow, driving the need for standardisation and best practices.
This theme will make progress in applying data standards and documenting best practices for autonomous platforms and novel sensors and data types. In this way, Theme 4 will not only perform suitable cross-cutting tests and develop best practices for TechOceanS technologies, but will also contribute to the advancement of the body of knowledge in this sector, improving the accessibility and reliability of oceanographic data overall.
Work package 6
The goal of WP6 is to work closely with the technology development work packages and ensure that all of the developments coming out of TechOceanS are based on, utilise, and advance the state of the art of ocean best practices, including those needed for global interoperability and data science. This involves providing rigorous tests of developments in laboratory, simulated environments and coastal tests of sensor systems to provide metrology evaluation and feedback into design.
- Dr Pier Luigi Buttigieg,
Work package 11
This WP is responsible for collecting current information on best practices for the handling of data formats created within TechOceanS. The WP also addresses any identified gaps in requirements by creating new hardware and software solutions. The results of this work will be integrated into the demonstrations of TechOceanS technologies and disseminated through methodological scientific articles as well as through the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Best Practices System.
- Carlos Barrera,
Work package 16
This WP coordinates the demonstration of TechOceanS technologies at two sites for real-world environmental testing. Sensors and samplers will monitor established Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) targets and essential ocean variables (EOVs) in an operational setting. These demonstrations will take place in an observational capacity at a coastal location in Naples, Italy and in a mission capacity in the Canary Region of the Atlantic. These cross-cutting demonstrations will focus on aquaculture, offshore infrastructure and global ocean observing. This WP will also oversee the training of external (non-project) users and stakeholder groups on relevant TechOceanS technology.
- Carlos Barrera,