The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the feasibility of using space-based assets to deliver water quality information that has been validated in near real-time in the Baltic Sea region.
The EC Water Framework Directive requires assessment of the ecological status of European transitional and coastal waters (CEC, 2000) using a number of water quality parameters, including phytoplankton biomass, amount of dissolved carbon, frequency and intensity of blooms and water transparency.
Many of the major rivers have monitoring stations to measure pollutants, but recent evidence suggests that the most significant source of pollution (e.g. waste from industry, agriculture and municipalities) may enter the Baltic through smaller streams and catchments where no monitoring exists.
Expanding the monitoring networks could provide major advances in understanding the source of pollution in the Baltic. Integrating these monitoring stations with satellite data should provide a multiplier effect.
Expected services that could arise from the proposed activity include:
The user community interested in such services are environmental protection agencies, coastguards and harbour authorities, fishery and fish-farming industries, municipal, local and national authorities (including the emergency services), tourist operators, and the general public (accessing information on water quality in areas of interest on the internet and / or mobile phones).
The proposed project would enable real-time in-situ sensor measurements from buoys, drifters, etc to be integrated into the overall system, as well as information collected from smart phones that the general public could provide to assist in identifying pollution “hot-spots”.
An integrated solution(s) shall be defined in the study, combining terrestrial with space-based assets and demonstrating the added value of at least two space assets, which may include;
The study content will include as tasks: stakeholder / user consolidation, refinement of user requirements, state of the art analysis, service definition, system definition, proof of concept, viability analysis, and implementation roadmap.
Information on the call for proposals has been published on ESA’s Electronic Mail Invitation to Tendering System, EMITS (http://emits.esa.int), under the reference AO 7063 (under “Open Invitations to Tender”). The applicable tender solicitation package can be downloaded by registered users under this 'Announcement of Opportunity' (AO). This specific call is open for applications until 02nd of April 2012. 'Entity Registration' is possible on the same website.