Research & technology development

1. Development of ground-based techniques for the observation of optically complex waters

  • Improve the interpretation of optical signals from remote sensing platforms for the optically complex Nordic waters (lakes and near-costal Baltic and eastern North Sea) through bio-optical modeling of characterized variability in optical properties.
  • Innovation in development of spectral instruments to perform state-of-the-art measurements optimized for optically complex and heterogeneous aquatic environments, starting from the measurement signals up to the level of processing and dissemination of information to the public.

2. Remote Sensing Techniques

  • Increase the operational monitoring capability of EO data by specifying, testing and developing processing algorithms which take account characterization of local aerosol properties and climatology over the Nordic region; bottom vegetation types and other environmental effects for optically complex waters, using the database collected during the project and the expertise of the research partners.

3. Ecological Mapping through optical signatures

  • Improve the understanding of optically complex waters by means of classification and typification for mapping optical water types. Generate better knowledge of the ecological status of Nordic lakes.
  • Development of novel product for lake water quality assessment and mapping, as a precursor for potential operational services using EO capacities, water quality retrieval algorithms and GIS systems for the ecological assessment of lake water quality parameters.

4. Data Management and Processing

  • Incorporate the developed technology into commonly used remote sensing tools published as open source code, to assist implementation and operations of operational remote sensing services in the region and as well as the ERA.
  • Improve technological quality/reliability of EO products, measurement protocols, data processing, and data interpretation. Development of common technological ground of concepts and practices to meet upcoming INSPIRE directive requirements.

Transfer of knowledge

  1. Introducing the state-of-the-art methods and knowledge in optically complex waters both in inland and Baltic Sea waters from experienced and competent researchers to operational services in the industry.  
  2. Support development of new open-service concepts in EO businesses including the full R&D chain (research-development-customer/user) by exploiting complementary competences and synergy rising from inter-sector mobility.
  3. Bring together academic and industry partners in five countries by working in each other's facilities to learn and get familiar with different traditions, cultural aspects and skill requirements.
  4. Effectively advance the contribution of research in whole European knowledge based economy and society through WaterS innovative research program.