ODYSSEA will develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone.
The platform will collect its data from the many databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, and institutions of Mediterranean EU and non-EU countries, integrating existing earth observation facilities and networks in the Mediterranean Sea building on key initiatives such as Copernicus, GEOSS, GOOS, EMODNet, ESFRI, Lifewatch, Med-OBIS, GBIF, AquaMaps, Marine IBA e-atlas, MAPAMED and others with marine and maritime links. Through ODYSSEA’s end-user centred approach, in which the various groups of end-users and stakeholders, within and external to the Consortium, will be involved from Day 1 of the project in the design, development and operation of the platform, including identification of gaps in data collection and accessibility.

High priority gaps will be filled through multiple approaches that include developing a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea (a.o. microplastic sensors), oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen scientist networks. Applying advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and fuse the large quantities of data in common standard type and format as well as other types of formats, the ODYSSEA platform will provide both primary data and on-demand derived data services, including forecasts, from ALL Mediterranean countries through a SINGLE PUBLIC PORTAL to various end-user groups and stakeholders. End-user requirements will drive the creation of secondary data sets which the platform will provide as new and packaged services matching the specialised information needs of users.

ODYSSEA will improve accessibility to existing data as well as increase the temporal and geographic coverage of observational data in the Mediterranean.

"Transforming Mediterranean Sea data into innovative information services" Rome (Italy), Piazza Borghese 9 – Lecture Hall (Aula Magna) of the [...]
Agenda October 26, 2017 Timing Topic Presenter Comments 08:30 - 09:00 Registration     09:00 - 09:05 Welcome & logistics [...]

Representatives of projects and platforms, data providers and oceanography experts addressing marine monitoring in the Mediterranean basin will meet on October 25, 2017 for a special stakeholders meeting organised by the EU-funded ODYSSEA Project.  

The workshop will focus on transforming Mediterranean Sea data into innovative information services. The event, which will be hosted by ODYSSEA partner, Sapienza University of Rome, will be dedicated to exploring opportunities for the different projects and institutions to work together and mutually leverage outputs.

Key participants will represent the BlueMed Project (headed by IT platform coordinator Elena Ciappi), the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), EuroGOOS (Secretary-General Dr. Glenn Nolan), MedGOOS (Prof. Aldo Drago) and other oceanographic research institutes from European and North African countries around the Mediterranean.

"We view collaboration with various stakeholders and key players from other projects and research institutions as an important part of the ODYSSEA Project," said Prof. Georgios Sylaios...