Work Packages

 

COMMON SENSE is organised in 11 Work Packages (WPs) which have been defined by all members of the consortium in order to guarantee a logical flow of the work to be carried out.

WP chart

 

 

Work Package 1

WP1: Current and comprehensive understanding of in situ ocean observing systems and EU legislation

Type of activity: RTD
WP1 Lead partner: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science (IOPAN)
WP1 Coordinator: Joanna Piwowarczyk
Contact details of coordinator:piwowarczyk@iopan.gda.pl

Objectives:

  • To ensure monitoring efforts address MSFD needs effectively and efficiently.
  • To obtain up-to-date current and comprehensive understanding in relation to marine monitoring focused on eutrophication, marine litter (surface/water column litter and microlitter), contaminants and noise.
  • To analyse needs and requirements for interoperability with existing observing systems.
  • To be aware of existing gaps in current monitoring and to identify emerging monitoring needs.
  • To assess the possibility to meet other legislation monitoring requirements.

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Work Package 2

WP2: Integrated basis for cost-effective sensors development

Type of activity: RTD
WP2 Lead partner: National University of Ireland, Cork - CMRC
WP2 Coordinator: John Barton
Contact details of coordinator: john.barton@tyndall.ie

Objectives:

  • To obtain a comprehensive understanding and an up-to-date state of the art of existing sensors.
  • To provide a working basis on “new generation” technologies in order to develop cost-effective sensors suitable for large-scale production.
  • To identify requirements for compatibility with standard requirements for policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the INSPIRE directive, the GMES/COPERNICUS and GOOS/GEOSS.

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Work Package 3

WP3: Common Sensor Web Platform

Type of activity: RTD
WP3 Lead partner: National University of Ireland, Cork. Coastal and Marine Research Centre – UCC
WP3 Coordinator: Yassine Lassoued
Contact details of coordinator: y.lassoued@ucc.ie

Objectives:

  • To design and implement the Common Sensor Web Platform for connecting, processing, storing, managing and sharing sensor data.
  • To convert data and metadata into standard delivery formats.
  • To develop a service based platform and provide access to the service network through a sensor data access and visualisation web portal.

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Work Package 4

WP4: Transversal Sensor development and Sensor Integration

Type of activity: RTD
WP4 Lead partner: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
WP4 Coordinator: Cesar Díez
Contact details of coordinator: cdiez@icmab.es

Objectives:

  • To develop new generation sensors for transversal or reference parameters such as temperature, pressure, pH and partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2), and integrate them into other commercially available sensors not being developed within the project
  • To integrate the innovative specific sensors for the descriptors developed within the project (WP5 to WP8) into modular systems easily adaptable to the monitoring requirements and different deployment platforms depicted in the project.
  • To validate all of the developed sensors and assemblages according to standards for marine waters and monitoring requirements.

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Work Package 5

WP5: Sensors for in situ monitoring of Eutrophication

Type of activity: RTD
WP5 Lead partner: Dublin City University (DCU)
WP5 Coordinator: Dermot Diamond
Contact details of coordinator: dermot.diamond@dcu.ie

Objectives:

  • To develop precompetitive prototypes for the detection of nutrient analytes using well-established colorimetric chemistries for phosphate, ammonia, nitrate and nitrite.
  • To design, fabricate and optimise microfluidic detector cells with significantly longer optical path lengths in order to achieve more efficient light coupling into and out of the optical cells/channels.

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Work Package 6

WP6: Sensors for in situ monitoring of Microplastics

Type of activity: RTD
WP6 Lead partner: Leitat Technological Center (LEITAT)
WP6 Lead contact person: Jose Alberto Sáez
Contact details of coordinator: jasaez@leitat.org

Objectives:

The main objective in WP5 is the design, development and integration of a marine litter sensor able to measure and quantify the surface concentration of microplastics in offshore environments. As described in previous sections, microplastics detection will be by optical interrogation techniques using a Multi-channel Photonic Device comprising:
•    Multispectral and hiperspectral imaging sensors
•    A multi-channel system based on optical absorption in the near infrared for Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)
•    Spectroscopy (FTIR)
•    Nanophotonic system (NP) based on the molecular level recognition of the presence of the parameters that are intended to be detected.
•    A dedicated signal processing system based on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) device.
•    A mini seawater sampling system

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Work Package 7

WP7: Sensors for in situ monitoring of Heavy Metals

Type of activity: RTD
WP7 Lead partner: DropSens
WP7 Lead contact person: Pablo Fanjul
Contact details of coordinator: pfanjul@dropsens.com

Objectives

  • To develop a sensor module for the automatic detection of low concentrations of heavy metals in seawater,  which can becan be is integrable integrated into off-shore platforms comprising other sensors.

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Work Package 8

WP8: Sensors for in situ monitoring of Underwater noise

Type of activity: RTD
WP8 Lead partner: CEFAS
WP8 Coordinator: Mike Challis
Contact details of coordinator: mike.challiss@cefas.co.uk

Objectives:

  • To design and pre-product a state- of- the- art compact bespoke acoustic sensor, that can be integrated into platforms as diverse as Smartbuoys

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Work Package 9

WP9: Field testing

Type of activity: DEM
WP9 Lead partner: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
WP9 Lead contact person: Alberto Ribotti
Contact details of coordinator:alberto.ribotti@cnr.it

Objectives:

  • To deploy precompetitive prototypes at the chosen floating devices/platforms or ships.
  • To test the operability of the sensors developed following the methodology developed.
  • To optimise the design and performance of precompetitive prototypes.
  • To verify that the sensors deployed do not interfere with daily professional activities and thus adjust their compatibility.
  • To verify the transmission of data is properly made and correct the deviations.

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Work Package 10

WP10: Dissemination and Knowledge Management

Type of activity: Other
WP10 Lead partner: AquaTT
WP10 Lead contact person: Cliona Ni Cheallachain
Contact details of coordinator: cliona@aquatt.ie

Objectives:

  • To ensure effective external communication, dissemination and optimal knowledge transfer of COMMON SENSE results and applications leading to optimal exploitation of its research outputs.

Specific Objectives:

  • To promote the project and its objectives, partners, funding, and activities, employing a range of communication and dissemination tools;
  • To carry out scientific dissemination of COMMON SENSE results via publications, conferences, networks, external collaborations;
  • To compile and identify the new knowledge and outcomes generated within the project;
  • To enable better cooperation between key sectors by ensuring effective management and transfer of this new knowledge and technology, resulting in efficient uptake of results by stakeholders and end-users;
  • To ensure technology transfer, using an integrated approach to facilitate commercialisation.
  • To provide knowledge that contributes to relevant EU legislations, in particular the MSFD, but also the CFP and global initiatives such as GOOS and GEOSS.

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Work Package 11

WP11: Coordination and Management

Type of activity: Management
WP11 Lead partner: Leitat Technological Center (LEITAT)
WP11 Lead contact person: Emigdia Morote
Contact details of coordinator:emorote@leitat.org
    

Objectives:

  • To ensure the project meets its objectives within the agreed time schedule and budget.
  • To provide overall management of legal, contractual and finance issues.
  • To ensure an accurate and timely communication flow among the project partners and with the EC

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EC flag The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 614155. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.