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IONIO – IONian Integrated marine Observatory

Funded by : European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme “Greece-Italy” (2007 – 2013)

IONIO is one of the first projects in the Mediterranean initiating a transformation of ocean science toward an integrated marine observatory initiative. IONIO is designed to produce new, persistent, interactive products and services for ocean science. The core activities and the principal objectives of IONIO are collecting real time data, analyzing data, modelling and forecasting the SANI Area.

2 Year  from:  January 2, 2012 to: December 31, 2013

The IONIO project involves researchers from three institutes:

  • CMCC – Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change,
  • ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
  • HCMR – Hellenic Centre For Marine Research

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General Description

The project is aimed at designing and implementing a ‘IONian Integrated marine Observatory’ (IONIO) that will produce environmental information about the Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian (SANI) Programme Area to support safer maritime traffic and the reduction of pollution hazard.

In order to achieve this goal, the project will develop innovative products and set up a IONIO service to allow the easy access to the environmental information and to different applications related to maritime transport efficiency and safety.

The IONIO products will be generated as value added products from the Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES) Marine Core Service products. Partners of this project are partly responsible for the European GMES service at the Mediterranean level and they are joining forces to downstream the information at the SANI regional level and make available this innovative information for regional stakeholders in the maritime sector.

Project Outcomes

The IONIO Project will deploy

  • A monitoring  and forecasting system for the SANI area which will allow the dissemination of high resolution environmental information to mariners in the area. Such information will be at the basis of navigator decisions on safer routes, better management of emergencies for lifesavers and for responders to pollution events. The wind, wave and current observations and forecast complement the national observing networks adding the cross-area monitoring capabilities of the IONIO components.
  • A database containing the observational and modelling data from 2008 (for model only) to the end of the project. Such data base will give the necessary environmental information for the sustainable development of transport systems in the Programme Area, following the directions of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, recently approved.
  • A Web Portal for the cataloguing, discovery and visualization of the database, both in real time and delayed mode. This will form the basis of the IONIO service for the rapid dissemination of relevant environmental information to regional stakeholders for increasing the area’s accessibility and attractiveness.
  • A Decision Support System for Search And Rescue which computes the trajectory of bodies at the surface and subsurface to help reduce the loss of lifes due to ship accidents.
  • A Decision Support System for Ship Routing and Safety which will include real time wind, wave and current data provided by the IONIO modelling system to promote safe navigation.
  • A Decision Support System for Pollution Harzard Mapping which contains information about the ship tracks crossing the area and the potential dispersal of pollutants from along track operational releases evaluated using the analyses from the open ocean models of the SANI area and the Gulf of Taranto.

The IONIO service will be tested with the marine and maritime stakeholder groups of the Programme Area. The IONIO products and services should contribute to the future cross border marine strategy plan that will address the sustainable development of maritime activities in line with the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean.