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.

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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As part of a joint marine sustainability initiative, the EU-funded ODYSSEA project helped formulate its September 2021 policy document, “Nourishing Blue Economy and Sharing Ocean Knowledge: Ocean information for Sustainable Development”. ODYSSEA coordinator Prof. Georgios Sylaios is one of the document’s six primary authors, representing a collaborative effort, bringing together ten Horizon 2020-supported Blue Projects to focus on sustainable management of the marine environment.  The policy brief presented “Policy Challenges in Addressing Ocean Observation” and laid out a series of...