ODYSSEA Project to hold kick-off meeting in Kavala Greece

Prof. Georgios Sylaios reveals the observation station in Kavala
Prof. Georgios Sylaios reveals the observation station in Kavala. – Credit: Boaz Babai

The EU-funded ODYSSEA project will hold its opening conference in the city of Kavala, Greece June 6–8, 2017.

The Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), which leads the project, will host the consortium’s 28 partner organizations. ODYSSEA includes research institutes, universities, policy makers, non-governmental organisations and SMEs from 14 EU and non-EU countries across the Mediterranean.

HORIZON 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation has awarded ODYSSEA €8.4 million to develop an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observation and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin.

The ODYSSEA platform will collect information from databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, research institutions and universities. The 4.5-year project is aimed at making Mediterranean marine data easily accessible and tailored to the needs of multiple maritime sector end-users. These include wind farms, mariculture, ocean energy, oil and gas extraction, undersea cables, ports and shipping, policy and others.

“We have identified a real need to harmonise existing earth observing systems operating around the Mediterranean and upgrading their operational oceanographic capacities,” said Prof. Georgios Sylaios from DUTH, who coordinates ODYSSEA. “The project will support EU policy implementation, thus improving interoperability in monitoring and fostering blue growth jobs creation.”

ODYSSEA will develop a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea, employing oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen and scientist networks. It will also apply advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and integrate large quantities of data to provide tailored information services.

The ODYSSEA platform will provide, through a public portal, on-demand information services, including forecasts. The project will include capacity building to maximise exploitation of the information services for creating business and research opportunities across the Mediterranean Sea basin.