GEOILWATCH -BONUS project call2012inno-53
The project Geopositional Early Warning System for Marine Oil Spill Recognition in the Baltic Sea (GEOILWATCH) is an innovative project. Partners in the GEOILWATCH consortium include TUT Marine Systems Institute (MSI), Ventspils University College (VUC), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Flydog Solutions LLC (Flydog) and Latvian Coast Guard Service (LCGS).
The innovative developments that are proposed in GEOILWATCH with regard to oil spill modelling are examination of the possibility to create a single data interface using Seatrack Web’s PADM (Particle Dispersion Model) web service and provision of forecasting and backtracking of oil from a range of state-of-the-art in situ and remote sensing detection systems.
The main aim of the project was to develop an improved and innovative observation data management system, with accompanying tools and methodologies for marine information needs on oil spills in the Baltic Sea region.
The main objectives of the GEOILWATCH project are:
1. To provide a reliable information for the monitoring of oil spills pollution and shipping from the different sources
2. To connect through a single transmission network data coming from various sensors and sources (“data fusion”)
3. To analyse and process such data
4. To assess the existing information and to develop the single data interface for Seatrack Web oil spill monitoring platform
GEOILWATCH will develop the next-generation data interface system by means of remote sensing, in-situ, underwater and airborne observation, ’cutting edge‘ computer models and expert analysis to detect oil spills and their origin. The GEOILWATCH project realizes objectives of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, aims to further develop and support the Seatrack Web monitoring system for continuous assessment of ecological status and human pressures.
Existing oil spill warning systems uses only one or two sources of information, mostly SAR imagery and aerial data, as well also ship observations. These sources of data are not enough to provide an objective and reliable assessment of the spills. GEOILWATCH combines these traditional methods with in-situ, underwater, UAV monitoring and advanced research methods for comprehensive monitoring and forecasting data interface.
The new data sources were visualized in the Seatrack Web system.
Figure 1: A prototype of communication interface for multiple data sources and data processing centres was created.
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