FP7 Projects


The COMMON SENSE project will contribute to supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and other EU policies such as the Common Fisheries Policy and the Maritime Integrated Policy, by providing new sensors that are robust, easy-to-use, multi platform compatible, cost-effective, and multi-functional. These sensors will be used to make different reliable in-situ measurements of key parameters relating to Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine waters by means of methodological standards. The project will focus on increasing availability of standardised data on eutrophication, marine litter, contaminants, underwater noise and other parameters (e.g. temperature, pressure, pH and pCO2) according to the MSFD descriptors.

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The aim of the AQUAWARN project is to develop, assess, demonstrate, deploy, test, and integrate a novel, comprehensive water monitoring technology that will be economically viable for widespread use in water management and protection applications.

The main purpose of this project is to develop an alpha prototype of a portable, deployable early warning pollution device using state-of-the-art microfluidic and detection technologies. This proposed device for water quality protection will provide affordable, real-time monitoring, it will be used to improve the detection of pollution incidents and if it is used as part of process control, it will help to reduce the occurrence of pollution incidents.

The device is designed for daily, on-site use by end-users in self regulating industries, government agencies responsible for policing environmental legislation and operators of wastewater treatment plants. It can be used by the food sector, the public health sector, water utilities and indeed any industry with discharges to water.

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The project will target water for human consumption, monitoring levels of chemical contaminants and bacterial pathogens, such as e-coli, which contribute to public health problems such as the cryptosporidium outbreak in Galway in 2007. NAPES aims to tackle these issues with fully automated devices that will be deployed for long periods of time with increased sampling compared to current monitoring practices. The resulting data can then be placed on cloud databases that can be remotely accessed by specialists and the community, as will increasingly become the norm under the emerging EU ‘Citizen Scientist’ philosophy.

Additionally, NAPES intends to reduce the high costs of implementing environmental monitoring leading to large-scale, multiple location deployments and the creation of sensor networks of key water quality parameters over wide geographical areas.

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