Cefas is the main UK government agency tasked with providing rapid and accurate advice on issues relating to the marine environment. Cefas scientists design and implement ecosystem monitoring programmes, carry out formal environmental assessments and report their results directly to the Department of Environment (Defra) to meet a range of international and European policy needs. The agency has pioneered the use of instrumented moorings in marine monitoring, and has 10 years of experience in the maintenance and operation of real-time systems for observing the physical environment (WaveNet) and ecosystem parameters (SmartBuoy). Recently, remote sensing data from the EU/ESA ‘MarCoast’ project has been added to the range of observations used in order to improve the evidence base for assessments of environmental status. Cefas is a member of the North West Shelf Operational Oceanographic System (NOOS), and has a role in the GSE ‘ECOOP’ project, as well as the GMES ‘MyOcean’ marine fast-track service. Website: www.cefas.defra.gov.uk

Contact person: Mike Challis (mike.challiss@cefas.co.uk)

Role of Cefas in the COMMON SENSE project:
Methodology and prototype design and development of precompetitive prototype (acoustic).

Staff profiles working in the project:
Mike Challiss: joined the electronics team at Cefas in 1986, and has been the electronics team leader since 2007. His role requires him to lead large electronic development projects up to values of £1.3 million, working closely with the team of engineers to deliver quality products and services to a range of internal and commercial customers. The products we design are sold to a worldwide market. Qualifications: BTEC HNC Electronic Engineering, BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies. He will be the person in charge of scientific and technical aspects for the tasks assigned.

Matthew Eagle: has worked at Cefas for 25 years where he has written Labview applications for instrument control. He also has extensive experience in the design of sub-sea equipment using Solidworks 3D CAD. Qualifications: HNC Electronic Engineering, Currently studying for BEng Mechanical Engineering, Labview Basics 1 & 2, Accredited Solidworks training. Responsible for the design of mechanical components (pressure housings, chassis frames etc.). Responsible for the selection and design of electronic component parts and writing Labview code to interface a DAQ card to host PC and log hydrophone data.

Graham Bee: is an electronics engineer. Qualifications: BEng(Hons) Electronic Systems and Control Engineering. Previous experience: Digital signal processing (DSP) work including embedded 16kHz digital speech processing and high density memory management. Microcontroller embedded C programming firmware design. High frequency hardware design and data processing (up to 2.5GHz transceivers). Schematic and multilayer PCB design. Embedded microcontroller data logger design and implementation (General Domestic Appliances UK). EMC design and testing to FCC Class B limits. Low power portable battery operated embedded design – blood glucose meters.

Fabrizio Borsani: trained zoologist. Specialised in underwater acoustics within Italian Navy submarine force as well as academia (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute 1986, University of California at Santa Cruz 1995, 1996). Employed in various Italian Universities and government agencies from 1989 to 2012. January 2012 to present appointed as a Senior Underwater Noise/Sound Specialist at CEFAS/DEFRA, UK.

Sue Bramford: She has an extensive experience with administrative and financial reporting and budget issues of EU-funded projects.


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