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Safer routes: a video of the IONIO project

A video tutorial on the Ship Routing and Safety (SRS) Decision Support System of the IONIO project is now available.
The video presents step by step how the system works and how route requests can be submitted and displayed on a web interface.
The SRS-DSS model software was been designed and developed to compute fast and safe ship routes in the SANI (Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian) area using sea-state forecast as an input.

Watch the video:

More information are available on the IONIO website.

Ferry-Box by 4H-JENA Engineering launched

The Ferry-Box is now operating! The system (4H Pocket Ferry-Box manufactured by 4H-JENA Engineering) allows the continuous measuring of sea surface temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and chlorophyll. Data can be transmitted in real-time to the land-base station. Due to its limited weight and dimensions it can be easily transported and installed on different type of vessels. It was tested onboard the coastal research vessel m/b S.Teresa of the ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre in the Gulf of La Spezia. It will be soon installed onboard the container ship “Vento di Alisei” on the route Genova-Istanbul where it will integrate the XBT measurements which are part of the regularly monitoring activities of the project.

SRS-DSS Web-GIS interface now available

A user interface for the Ship-Routing and Safety (SRS) Decision Support System (DSS) is now available here.
The interface allows the end-user to request computations of optimal routes in the SANI (Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian) area, and to display and explore them.
It is possible to set specific parameters, such as engine power and vessel sizes, and to check for individual safety constraints of navigation.
The results are displayed on a Web-GIS system, and the time history of relevant parameters along the route, such as speed or wave height, can be visualized.

“Safer transport in the Mediterranean Sea”, the interviews

The interview realized at the last IONIO conference “Safer transport in the Mediterranean sea”, the event gathering together researchers, experts, policy makers and potential end-users to talk about future challenges and objectives of operational oceanography

The analysis of the status of implementation of operational services in support of maritime safety, such as sea situational awareness, ship routing, SAR – search and rescue and oil spill; the assessment of the users’ satisfaction with respect to existing services; and the identification of needs for future services, through the elaboration of a vision document about safer transport for the Mediterranean Sea: these were the main aims of the IONIO conference “Safer transport in the Mediterranean Sea”, in Lecce on 27-28 May, 2014.
To address some of these topics while talking about the activities in the field and showing case studies and best practices we interviewed some of the experts coming at the conference.

Watch the videos (playlist from the CMCC channel on You Tube):

Perspectives and strategies for safer transport in the Mediterranean Sea

The conference in Lecce made the point about sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill. Services and applications presented by Ocean-Lab at the last IONIO conference. Watch the videos.

Operational oceanography for sea situational awareness, ship routing, oil spill, SAR (search and rescue), ocean forecasting and maritime safety services: researchers, experts, policy makers and potential end-users addressed all these topics at the conference “Safer transport in the Mediterranean Sea” (in Lecce on 27-28 May, 2014).

The conference was organized in the framework of the IONIO (IONian Integrated Marine Observatory) project, funded by the European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme “Greece-Italy”, aimed at providing environmental information about the Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian Area, to support safer maritime traffic and the reduction of pollution hazard.

The objectives of the conference comprised:

  • The analysis of the status of implementation of operational services in support of maritime safety (including sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill);
  • the assessment of the users’ satisfaction with respect to existing services; and
  • the identification of needs for future services, through the elaboration of a vision document about safer transport for the Mediterranean Sea.

The event started with an initial welcome and opening presentations by international and local authorities and policy makers. More in detail, Prof. Alan Blumberg (Stevens Institute of Technology) introduced on ocean forecasting and maritime safety services while illustrating the NYC experience after Sandy. 
Then the conference proceeded with oral presentations and talks by practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders, grouped around the 4 main themes of sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill.
The CMCC researchers introduced the Ocean-Lab, the research group in the field of operational oceanography based in Lecce, and presented its products and applications: the web portal SeaConditions, the public service providing oceanographic, sea state and weather at sea forecasts via web and mobile devices, and specific products for marine safety (safer routes, search and rescue, better management of emergencies for lifesavers and for responders to pollution events, environmental indicators).
Other participants from public and private research institutions, such as Links, CNR – ISMAR, ENEA, ISPRA, SAIPEM, D’Appolonia and Acsys, the Italian Coast Guard and experts from marine protected areas told their experience and illustrated some case studies as examples of best practices.
The presentations were integrated with working groups’ discussions, where inputs and remarks by all participants were collected, particularly about the future developments of operational services for maritime safety. Therefore, the working groups were particularly useful to underline the existing operational services on sea situational awareness and ship routing while identifying gaps / challenges for the future and designing projects, solutions and approaches to solve these challenges.

View full videos of the plenary sessions of the conference ”Safer transport in the Mediterranean Sea”

Playlist from the CMCC Channel on Youtube

“Safer Transport in the Mediterranean Sea” conference

The conference “Safer Transport in the Mediterranean Sea” is organized in the framework of the IONIO – IONian Integrated Marine Observatory project.
The event will be held in Lecce, Italy, on May 27-28, 2014, and will be hosted in one of the most beautiful historical building of the city (MUST, ex Monastero Santa Chiara).

The conference is one of the events within the “European Maritime Day” initiative, and will bring together international researchers, policy makers and practitioners concerned with operational services in support of marine safety.

The objectives of the conference comprise:

  •  the analysis of the status of implementation of operational services in support of maritime safety (including sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill);
  • the assessment of the users’ satisfaction with respect to existing services, and
  • the identification of needs for future services, through the elaboration of a vision document about safer transport for the Mediterranean Sea.

As in the provisional agenda, the event will start with an initial welcome and opening presentations by international and local authorities and policy makers.
Then we will proceed with oral presentations and talks by practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders, grouped around the 4 main themes of sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill. The presentations will be integrated with working groups’ discussions, where inputs and remarks by all participants will be collected, particularly about the future developments of operational services for maritime safety.

For more information please contact:
Eleonora Romano – CMCC
eleonora.romano@cmcc.it

Deployment of the second Argo float of the IONIO observatory

The second Argo float of the IONIO observatory was deployed on 14th of March 2014 westwards of Kefallinia island (initial deployment position: latitude: 38.144°N, longitude: 20.239°E). The mission was planned in accordance with the MedArgo standards, i.e. the parking depth was set to 350 meters, the profiling depth to 1000 m while the transmission interval was set to 5 days. The path of the float in the water the last 1,5 month is illustrated in the figure while all the data from this mission will be available in near real time through the IONIO data portal.

The Ionian Forecasting System is now available on the IONIO website

In the web page dedicated to the IONIO products, it is now available a direct link to IFS (Ionian Forecasting System).
Based on POM and WAM models for the hydrodynamic and wave forecasting, IFS was implemented at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), in Greece. The operational chain provides daily forecasts for the southern Adriatic and the north and central Ionian Sea, for the following variables: temperature, salinity, currents, sea surface height and significant wave height.

Operational Oceanography for sustainable blue growth, the 7th EuroGOOS conference announced

The 7th EuroGOOS conference will be held on October 28-30, 2014 in Lisbon.
Every three years the EuroGOOS conference provides a forum for interaction between marine scientists and technologists that develop Operational Oceanography services, users and stakeholders, including the private sector and decision and policy makers.

The key priorities of the 7th conference will be to:

  • identify new operational services and methods of interaction with users, with emphasis on sustained economic growth;
  • highlight the challenges of monitoring and forecasting the biogeochemical state of the seas and oceans and prioritize the required RTD with emphasis on the needs of relevant directives such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and its regional implementation;
  • develop new strategies and plans for key European initiatives (Copernicus Marine Service, EOOS-European Ocean Observing System) and their links to the Global programs (GOOS, GODAE – Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment).

The main themes of the conference are:

  • Meeting end-user needs and supporting Blue Growth;
  • Copernicus: Towards a European Centre for Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting;
  • Ocean modelling and forecasting: extending and improving predictability;
  • In-situ and remote sensing observations: towards a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS)

A second announcement and call for abstracts will be issued in January 2014.
For more information, please contact eurogoos@eurogoos.eu

Additional information is available here.

The first Argo float of the IONIO observatory has been deployed

The first Argo float of the IONIO observatory was deployed on 28th of November 2013 northwestern of Corfu, close to Othoni island.
The initial deployment position (latitude: 39,827°N, longitude: 19,232°E) was close to the entrance of Adriatic Sea while during the last communication on 8th of December, the float’s position was reported to be further north. The Argo mission in the area was planned to comply with the MedArgo standards, i.e. the parking depth was set to 350 meters, the profiling depth to 1000 m while the transmission interval was set to 5 days.
The data from this mission will be available in near real time through the IONIO data portal. One more Argo float is scheduled to be deployed in the Ionian Sea during January 2014.