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Next generation, cost-effective, compact, multifunctional Web enabled ocean sensor systems empowering marine, maritime and fisheries management


Project timeline
October 2013
48 months
September 2017
General Information
The NEXOS project aims to improve the temporal and spatial coverage, resolution and quality of marine observations through the development of cost-efficient innovative and interoperable in-situ sensors deployable from multiple platforms, and Web Services for key domains and applications. This will be achieved through the development of new, low-cost, compact and integrated sensors with multiple functionalities including the measurement of key parameters useful to a number of objectives, ranging from more precise monitoring and modeling of the marine environment to an improved assessment of fisheries. Seven new compact, cost-efficient sensors will be developed, based on optical and acoustics technologies, addressing a majority of descriptors identified by the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive for Good Environmental Status. Two of the new sensors will specifically contribute to the Common Fisheries Policy with variables relevant for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries. All new sensors will respond to multiplatform integration, sensor and data interoperability, quality assurance and reliability requirements. These will be specified for each new sensor system. All new sensors will be calibrated, integrated on several types of platforms, scientifically validated and demonstrated. One of the main objectives of NEXOS will finally be to enhance the competitiveness of European SMEs in the ocean sensor market. To this end, sensor requirements and specifications will be assessed at an early phase of the project for market penetration. Hereon will specifically contribute to the development of sensors with focus on high precision pH, alkalinity and algae species and will provide platforms for field tests of various sensors developed within the consortium.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP7-OCEAN-2013
Project TypeCollaborative Project
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 614102
Co-ordinatorConsorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias (ES)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Wilhelm Petersen, Institute of Coastal Research, KOI Phone: +49 4152 87 2358 Fax: +49 4152 87 2366
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52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH (DE), Architecture Et Conception De Systemes Avances (FR), Asociacion Centro Tecnologico Naval Y Del Mar (ES), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (DE), Christian Michelsen Research As (NO), Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), Consorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias (ES), Ecorys Nederland B.V. (NL), Franatech GmbH (DE), Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer IFREMER (FR), NKE Instrumention SARL (FR), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NO), Runde Miljosenter AS (NO), Section Francaise De L'institut Des Ingenieurs Electriciens Et Electroniciens (FR), Smid Technology SRL (IT), Trios Mess- Und Datentechnik Gmbh (DE), Uni Research AS (NO), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES), Universität Bremen (DE), Universite d'aix Marseille (FR)
Last Update: 16. April 2021