Several projects on oil spill alert and combat are/have been actively funded at national and European level. MEDESS-4MS activities start from what was already done then working in collaboration with other projects in order to create something new and innovative. Here a list follows.
The concept of the ARGOMARINE proposal is the monitoring of the marine traffic due to carriers and commercial ships through environmental-sensitive sea areas. This monitoring will be realized by means of sophisticated electronic, geopositioning, and telematic tools connected through a high speed network along with data transmission through suitable data links. Data from different sources will be collected in an independent and remote fashion and sent to a main acquisition and elaboration central unit. Motivation and scope of the Argomarine project is the safe detection, notification and interventions on vessels in emergency situation and the protection of sea and insular environment, endangered by heavy and continuous activities, mainly due to intensive ship traffic, generating a consistent pollution risk. The envisaged goal is connected to the necessity of precise and punctual pollution control in areas and shores which are, for instance, of particular naturalistic value, and/or are exposed to risk of accidental or even intentional contamination due to their vicinity to industrial or highly densely populated settlements, or crossed by a heavy ship traffic. All the data and the information obtained will be merged and elaborated in a Marine Information System (MIS), i.e. an information system where remote sensing data, field experiment results and estimates from simulation models will be integrated, and tools for data storage and retrieval, data manipulation and analysis, as well as for presentation, will available through a common interface. More info in the website and in the NEWS
CALYPSO is a 2-year project which mainly targets to deliver a permanent and fully operational HF radar observing system, capable of recording surface currents in the Malta Channel. The system consists of HF radar installations on the northern Malta/Gozo and southern Sicilian shores at selected sites and a combine station to elaborate and publish data to users. The project is partly financed by the EU under the Operational Programme Italia-Malta 2007-2013, and co-ordinated by the Physical Oceanography Unit of the University of Malta. Its main target is to support efficient response against marine oil spills in the Malta-Sicily Channel. More info in the Website and in the NEWS.
“MAREMED” (MAritime REgions cooperation for the MEDiterranean) is developed within the framework of the creation of an integrated Mediterranean maritime policy. The main aim of the project, funded by the Med Programme and started in 2010, is to strengthen the coordination of regional maritime policies between themselves and also with those in force at National, European and Mediterranean levels. The project focuses on those constituents of maritime policy with a strong transnational dimension, namely Integrated Coastal Zone Management, pollution (including small and medium scale accidental coastal pollution), adaptation to climate change in coastal areas, fisheries and coastal and maritime data management. Under the coordination of the project leader, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, fourteen regional partners from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Cyprus together with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) will carry out an overview of the policies implemented and their governance, will identify pilot coastal zones for transnational management and shared operational tools to aid in decision-making. They will develop documents to disseminate these results in order to encourage integrated maritime management and the sustainable development of coastal zones for the different levels of coastal governance. More info in the Website.
NEREIDs (Embracing Innovation for Preparedness in Civil Protection & Marine Pollution) is a 2-years European project, co-funded by the Civil Protection Financial. Instrument. The NEREIDs proposal aims to strengthen civil protection and marine pollution preparedness and cooperation among Greece and Cyprus, building on international standards, best practices, and innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). An eLearning platform building on innovative concepts of online games, mobile technologies & apps will train professionals and volunteers in plans and best practices supported by R&D in Greece, UK, and Germany. Risk assessment techniques supported by cooperation of marine research centres in Greece, Cyprus and the UK, and an incident database including descriptions of incidents in a standard format will provide the basis for Skills development on cross-border cooperation and synergies, the Host Nation Support (HNS) guidelines, and collaboration among professionals and Red Cross and Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe volunteers. Two table-top exercises, multiple information days, and a final conference organized by civil protection & marine pollution authorities, will provide engagement opportunities for members of the European Civil Protection Mechanism (ECPM). Three evaluation workshops will support co-operative design of training material for skills development and knowledge retention. More info in the Website.
The PREMARPOL project (Prevention and Combating of Marine Pollution in Ports and Marinas) is co financed by the European Union and from National Resources of Greece and Cyprus, in the frame of the Cyprus-Greece Cross-Border Cooperation program 2007-2013. The project aims to develop a fully operational monitoring system, which will collect in-situ data from environmental sensors deployed in several ports and marinas. The project also includes adaptation of the MEDSLIK oil spill prediction model in the port and adjacent sea areas. More info in the Website.
PRIMI was a Pilot Project on marine pollution from hydrocarbons financed by ASI (Italian Space Agency). The aim of the project is to implement an operative system to constantly survey, detect, and foresee direction of spread of marine oil spills. The system is based on satellite data. The system will be able to predict the characteristics of the oil spills, such as composition, thickness and age; foresee the evolution of the oil spill, such as possible direction of spread and consequences on the ecosystem; and provide invaluable statistical data to all users, allowing them to plan and carry out monitoring and surveillance operations. More info in the Website.
SEE MARINER (“South Eastern Europe Marine and River Integrated System for Monitoring the Transportation of Dangerous Goods”) is 35-month project co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the South East Europe (SEE) Transnational Cooperation Programme. The project aims to contribute to the sustainable development and the environmental management of river basins, coastal areas and the marine environment in the SEE area by focusing on pollution prevention and on the minimization of the adverse impacts arising from the carriage of dangerous goods by sea or inland waterways. Through the development of a coherent real- time monitoring and response mechanism, the project will strengthen the coordination capacity of competent authorities and relevant stakeholders and increase the effectiveness of operations in case of emergency. The consortium with 12 partners is a well balanced mix of sea and river infrastructures (Ports of Piraeus, Venice, Koper, Bar; Romanian Inland Ports Union), transport institutes (ALOT, INTRA), regional and local development agencies (BIC, PBN, MEDSOS & UBBSLA) and an observer specialized in urban technology & strategy know-how (TINA VIENNA), coming from 5 old member states (Austria, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia), 2 new member states (Bulgaria, Romania) and 2 IPA countries (Montenegro, Albania).
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The SOS-Bonifacio project was funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment and realized in collaboration with the Coast Guard of the La Maddalena Archipelago, inside the Bonifacio Strait area. The aim of the project was the realization of an innovative numerical system to manage environmental emergencies for oil-spills in the Strait of Bonifacio and La Maddalena Archipelago. The system, called Bonifacio Oil spill Operational Model (BOOM), is composed by nested ocean forecasting numerical models at different scales run by a Graphical User Interface with the possibility to obtain 3-days forward and backward investigations. More info in the Website.
The TOSCA (Tracking Oil Spills & Coastal Awareness network) project is co financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the MED Program. It intends to improve the quality and effectiveness of decision-making process in case of marine accidents concerning oil spill pollution and search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean. This will be done with the help of a network including local authorities, policy makers and scientists, with a scientific maritime monitoring and forecasting system and with the implementation of decision support tools and action plans. More info in the Website. Click here for the TOSCA brochure.