An observatory for coast and ocean optical monitoring

Citclops/EyeOnWater @ Vendée Globe is a cooperation among organizations involved in the European project Citclops, organizations involved in the Vendée Globe sailing race, skippers, scientists, and citizens, to observe the color of the ocean on the path of the Vendée Globe. It uses tools and sensors developed by the European-Commission–funded project Citclops (Citizens’ Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring), which introduced an innovative concept for water-quality monitoring, to help oceanographers and limnologists in monitoring natural waters, with a strong focus on long-term data series related to environmental sciences.

It uses tools and sensors developed by the European-Commission–funded project Citclops (Citizens’ Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring), which introduced an innovative concept for water-quality monitoring, to help oceanographers and limnologists in monitoring natural waters, with a strong focus on long-term data series related to environmental sciences.

Several new sensor systems have been developed, based on optical technologies, to respond to a number of scientific, technical and societal objectives, ranging from more precise monitoring of key environmental descriptors of the aquatic environment (water colour, transparency and fluorescence) to an improved management of data collected with citizen participation and engagement. Requirements have been translated into engineering specifications, leading to the development of new solutions based on citizen science. Sensors have been tested, calibrated, integrated on several platform types, scientifically validated and demonstrated in the field. Cost-efficiency has been improved via the implementation of several innovations, such as greater interoperability of sensors and data, and multiplatform integration.

The Vendée Globe is the only non-stop solo round-the-world sailing race without assistance.

General objectives of the co-operation between Citclops/EyeOnWater and the Vendée Globe:

  1. To engage citizens in the observation of the color of the ocean thanks to the inspiration provided by the Vendée Globe
  2. To observe the color of the ocean on the path of the Vendée Globe
  3. To manage environmental data and improve citizen science through artificial intelligence solutions
  4. To provide scientific value to the Vendée Globe
  5. To promote research and development about the environment
  6. To develop a demonstrations of the integration between citizen science and Copernicus marine environment monitoring services

[http://www.eyeonwater.org/]

[http://www.citclops.eu/]

[http://www.citizen-obs.eu/]

[http://citclops-data-explorer.herokuapp.com/bwr]

[http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/]

The Citclops/EyeOnWater @ Vendée Globe project is developed by a consortium of five subjects (1000001 Labs, Eurecat, FNOB, MARIS and NIOZ) in the context of the European project Citclops, funded by the European Commission.

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Involvement of an IMOCA 60 (a type of sailing yacht) taking part in the Vendée Globe 2016

The skippers of the Vendée Globe are collaborating with the Citclops/EyeOnWater project, which was part of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, 1000001 Labs, Eurecat, MARIS, NIOZ, and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB).

The Citclops (Citizen’s Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring) project is based on optical monitoring of the transparency, colour and fluorescence of the surface of the sea, to determine the quality of the water and the presence on plankton.

The IMOCA 60 taking part in the Vendée Globe that is involved in Citclops/EyeOnWater is Didac Costa’s one. There are 27 IMOCA 60 in total. After intense months of preparations, the One Planet One Ocean, Didac’s ship, is ready to participate. Didac, alongside Aleix Gelabert, won the fourth place in the last Barcelona World Race.

Pending completion of the sponsorship, Didac has rented the boat from the FNOB, which has shown plenty of support to the project, aware that doing so was necessary to be present on the starting line of the biggest challenge posed by oceanic navigation.

The IMOCA 60 are a type of monohull sailing yachts administrated by the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA).

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