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.
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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.

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The EU-funded ODYSSEA project has begun a large campaign to reach out to Blue Economy industrial actors across the Mediterranean, which recently led to the agreement signed with Energean to integrate ODYSSEA monitoring equipment at a gas production platform in Greek waters. ODYSSEA’s push for partnerships comes on the heels of a key update to the ODYSSEA platform’s capabilities, adhering it to the new Collect Localisation Satellites (CLS) data system and upgrading ODYSSEA’s emphasis on user-oriented services. The agreement with Energean “illustrates the rapid progress made by the ODYSSEA Project,” said ODYSSEA coordinator Prof. Georgios Sylaios from the Democritus University of Thrace. “This is the essence of ODYSSEA, since it aims to familiarise users with oceanographic instrumentation, models, forecasts and services,” he added. Prof. Georgios Sylaios – together with ODYSSEA partners Simon Keeble of Blue Lobster IT and North Africa capacity-building partner Dr. Slim Gana of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) – presented the ODYSSEA platform in a conference call to a team of seven senior Energean staff members, headed by Vasileios Tsetoglou, Energean’s Director of Health, Safety and Environment. Sylaios’ presentation focused on the ODYSSEA platform output’s features and range of potential services. After giving...