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Shared-cost Research and Technological Development Project
funded by the IST Programme
Contract No. IST-2001-37657
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The overall objective of DISMAR is to develop an advanced (intelligent) information system for monitoring and forecasting marine environment to improved management of pollution crises in coastal and ocean regions of Europe, in support to public administrations and emergency services responsible for prevention, mitigation and recovery of crises such as oil spill pollution and harmful algal blooms (HAB).

Main challanges:

    The main challenge of DISMAR is to develop a system that can 1) provide access to a wide range of data types relevant for the marine environment, both archived and near real-time data, 2) combine observational data with models for improved forecasting and risk assessment; 3) synthesise information from various data sources, sensors and model simulations using state-of-the-art methods such as data fusion; 4) be useful as a decision support and crisis-management system. Since marine monitoring and management of pollution crises is operated very differently in European countries, DISMAR will contribute to the harmonisation and the standardisation of observing systems, models and management systems to be used for prevention, mitigation and recovery of pollution crises. DISMAR will also contribute to better exploitation of different observation systems and bridge these into operational services. DISMAR will offer standards and solutions built on a common architecture, implemented via Geographic Information Systems - GIS and Internet, which can be adopted by several countries and facilitate exchange of data across national borders.

Description of work:

The DISMAR workpackages are:

  • WP100: Project management.
  • WP200: Requirement analysis and DISMAR prototype design, focusing both on user requirements and technical choices related to GIS and web-system.
  • WP300: Select and provide of existing data, products and models relevant for the project.
  • WP400: Exploit new observations and models which have significant potential to improve quality of marine monitoring of oil spills and algae blooms.
  • WP500: Define and implement a structure for data and products, including metadata
  • WP600: Develop a prototype user-specific decision support system for cost-effective management crisis due to oil pollution and harmful algae bloom incidents.
  • WP700: Regional demonstrations of the prototype system and validation by feedback from users.
  • WP800: Multi-sensor data feature extraction using data fusion, and combinations of model predictions and image data.
  • WP900: DISMAR results will be disseminated to identified end-users, to the scientific community, through the GMES implementation and to the EU via EEA.
  • WP1000: Evaluation and assessment

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