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.