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WP3: Scientific Innovation

In WP3 we will explore the innovative part in operating gliders. This work package will ensure that the proposed glider infrastructure can provide a system that allows European researchers to stay at the forefront of research development. This innovative part shall reflect on European SMEs and increase their skills and innovation potential. One task is to analyse and promote the use of new sensors and sensor combinations (synergy) on gliders to observe, in near real time, the marine environment and in particular in complex oceanic regions (fronts, submesoscale features, under-ice observations) to address all of its components, including ecosystems. A second task will design a glider data portal (considering European standards, SeaDataNet) that is able to process and deliver the complex glider data. Similarities with Argo exist and will be exploited, but due to manifold sensors and parameters, knowledge of sensor quality, and high-frequency data telemetry (<1 hour) innovative solutions are required. The third task is devoted to the innovative communication and training, for the interested public, stakeholders, pupils, etc. Summary information from the three tasks will provide input for the general assessment and recommendations that will be done in WP1.

Task 3.1. New contributions of gliders to marine research

(responsible: UPMC, contributors: UIB, IFREMER, AWI, IFM-GEOMAR, NURC) We will evaluate the capability of gliders and of the glider infrastructure for particular challenging research studies such as physical/biogeochemical interaction on the sub-mesoscale or process studies in complex regions such as straits or frontal zones. Moreover the glider ability to be used as data messengers for moorings and/or cable-based seafloor observatories sited will be investigated. A close collaboration/ communication with SME's will be aimed for. start month 1 – end month 24

Task 3.2. Data flow and processing

(responsible: IFREMER, contributors: NURC, CSIC, OGS,HZG) We will define a common data format and agree on common real-time quality control procedures in coherence with what is already defined by the MyOcean and SeaDataNet FP projects. The data will be processed used specific real-time quality control procedures will allow delivery of the data as rapidly as possible and allow assimilation into operational models. A feedback between delayed mode calibration (e.g. thermal leg) will be recorded and applied to the real-time data. Moreover, a first prototype of a European Global Data Centre as a single access point for users will be set up. Based on the experience acquired within Argo international program and its European component Euro-Argo, Ifremer will to set up a portal that will provide an integrated access to the GROOM glider data in a common format. The data will then be available for operational systems as MyOcean. The glider data will also be available to the SeaDatNet infrastructure for integration into the European portal on research data start month 1 – end month 24

Task 3.3. Capacity building and training, Outreach

(responsible: OGS, contributors: UEA, CSIC, PLOCAN, UIB, UPMC) We will transfer expertise and knowledge to new users and students through courses implying differentgliders technologies and field testing. Operational oceanography courses directed to university students will be implemented to introduce glider technologies: their usage, costs/benefits, etc. We will organize one or two workshops to encourage and sensitise non EU countries (Black Sea end others) to the glider technology. We will develop outreach activities based on underwater robots and their missions in the European oceans. These activities, addressed to a wider public, will have a strong educational component particularly adapted for the young audience. Web sites will be designed to facilitate the access to scientific issues highlighted by glider observations and to follow in quasi real time glider missions. start month 1 – end month 24

 





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