Theme 4

Cross-Cutting and Testing

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

Cross-cutting technologies and testing (Concepts and Prototypes)

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.

Lead:
Dr Pier Luigi Buttigieg, AWI
pbuttigi@mpi-bremen.de

Objectives

  • 01

    Assess the robustness and capabilities of TechOceanS concepts and prototypes in real-world operations.

  • 02

    Provide Themes 1-3 with feedback for incorporating the results of the assessment into design refinements.

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Work Package 11

Cross-cutting technologies and testing (Validation with Representative Environment/Data)

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.

Lead:
Carlos Barrera, PLOCAN
carlos.barrera@plocan.eu

Objectives

  • 01

    Apply, refine and disseminate best practices for the development of prototypes and develop new best practices to fill gaps.

  • 02

    Provide testing to enhance the performance, reliability and robustness of developed systems.

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Work Package 16

Cross-cutting technologies and testing (Validation, Capacity Building and Training)

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.

Lead:
Carlos Barrera, PLOCAN
carlos.barrera@plocan.eu

Objectives

  • 01

    Demonstrate ability to measure EOVs, MSFD parameters, litter and microplastics in operational environments.

  • 02

    Demonstrate performance and function relevant to applications in aquaculture and fisheries, offshore industries and global ocean observation missions.

  • 03

    Provide proof of concept missions and data in application areas including for regulatory, industrial and scientific settings for publication in application-focused literature.

  • 04

    Provide training on developed TechOceanS technologies and their use for ocean observing.

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