Projects

Current Projects

MELOA

December 2017 to February 2021

Running from December 2017 to February 2021, MELOA is a H2020 project that is developing an innovative family of products, WAVY drifter units, allowing for a low-cost, easily deployable, high versatility, and low maintenance system for in-situ measurements for marine environments.

Focused on covering marine observation gaps, the WAVYs will increase the availability of in-situ data for coastal and open ocean zones. The MELOA project is developing the first prototypes for the different WAVY units configurations, and engaging with the marine community to test them in different marine environments, collecting and making available the data from the test campaigns and building, on top of this data, the first products and services to showcase the usefulness of the WAVY data.

MELOA Consortium is composed by 10 European entities working in close collaboration with the marine communities to develop solutions that will enable to tackle some societal challenges, namely those related in situ data collection for marine monitoring.

EUMarine Robots

March 2018 to February 2021

Our oceans are the least-explored region of planet Earth. Protection and sustainable development of ocean resources presents formidable challenges. Robots will play an increasingly key role in the near future and this role will expand and become more challenging as we extend into deeper, remote and hostile marine environments. Europe leads in many aspects of maritime, but lacks well integrated and coordinated oceanic robotic infrastructure or presence.

The marine-robotics industry is growing rapidly. It is a crucial high-value/high-cost sector with considerable entry barriers to R&D. The full growth potential of this industry will be greatly enhanced with access to shared robotic research infrastructure.

EUMarineRobots (EUMR) proposes an access-infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface and sub-surface marine robotic assets, the combined value of which is far greater than the sum of their parts. EUMR will open transnational access to significant national marine robotics R&D assets across Europe.

OceanTech

December 2017 to December 2020

The project will have a duration of 36 months, and will involve about 130 specialized resources. This project will result in eleven new products demonstrated in an operating environment, which together will provide a new service that, based on the complete integration of marine operations and their control from shore-based centers, will offer new visibility to them, making available and marketing information relevant to end users.

The project "OceanTech: Operations Management System based on Intelligent Robotic Vehicles for the Exploration of the Global Sea from Portugal" counts on the co-financing of COMPETE 2020 under the System of Incentives for Research and Technological Development - Mobilizing Programs, involving an eligible investment of EUR 8 million, which resulted in an ERDF incentive of EUR 5.7 million.

EMSO-PT

July 2017 to June 2020

EMSO-PT part of the large-scale European Network Research Infrastructure of fixed point, deep sea multidisciplinary observatories, with the scientific objective of real-time, long-term monitoring of environmental processes related to the interaction between the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. It is a geographically distributed infrastructure to be located at key sites in EU waters, spanning the Arctic, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, up to the Black Sea. Partnership: IMAR (Coordinator), CCMAR, CINTAL, FFC, INESC, IPMA, ISEP, IST, UA, UE, UP, UAc. People involved from CINTAL: S.M. Jesus.

The basic objective of EMSO-PT is to coordinate long-term monitoring of environmental processes using a European-scale network of open ocean observatories and platforms capable of reporting data to shore autonomously. EMSO-PT will underpin research on the interaction between the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere and how these are related to climate change, marine ecosystems dynamics and geohazards

DORIS

June 2018 to May 2020

The top few millimeters of the ocean, where properties are most altered relative to deeper water, are often referred to as the sea surface micro-layer (SML). This thin layer holds properties and dynamics that differ considerably from the deeper ocean, and it is where a great variety of interactions between physical, chemical, biological and photochemical phenomena take place. Due to extreme conditions at the air-sea interface, the sea surface is believed to be the place where life on planet Earth has originated. The micro-layer is involved in the heat and momentum transfer between the ocean and atmosphere and plays a vital role in the uptake of greenhouse gases by the ocean

The objective of this project is to develop a modular autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), having the capability to sample the SML, and consequently, perform analysis of surfactant films and the biological communities residing within the micro-layer. This will be a unique vehicle in Portugal, and one of the first control-autonomous vehicles in the world to perform micro-layer sampling procedures. The vehicle will be able to interact and sample the micro-layer simultaneously with other underwater autonomous vehicles and airborne autonomous vehicles

ENDURANCE

April 2017 to December 2019

The objective of this project is to develop AUVs with a continuous operation duration of more than 48 hours, which together with the ground station will establish a system with adaptive sampling implementation that will allow planning between high-level objectives defined by the operator and local adaptation performed on board the vehicle.

Hydrodynamic and propulsion improvements, use of new energy storage technologies and development of algorithms for planning and controlling the execution of operations that minimize vehicle consumption.

Accomplished Projects