Project: Geopositional early warning system for marine oil spill recognition in the Baltic Sea

The main aim of the project is to develop the innovative observation data management system for marine information in the Baltic Sea region. The project objectives are: 1. To provide a reliable information system for the monitoring of oil spills from different sources 2. To connect through a single transmission network data coming from various sources 3. To analyze and process such data 4. To assess the existing information and to develop the single data interface for Seatrack web oil spill forecasting and backtracking system. GEOILWATCH will develop the next-generation data interface by means of remote sensing, in-situ, underwater and airborne observation, computer models and expert analysis to detect oil spills. The Geoilwatch realizes objectives of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and Marine Strategy Framework Directive. GEOILWATCH will result into a proof-of-concept of a data interface with the Seatrack Web platform ensuring the timely delivery of key oils spill data. Project aims to: • Increase in frequency of aerial monitoring from two flights a year (see HELCOM RESPONSE) to weekly surveillance • Improvement of the reliability of SAR data from satellite sources • Reduction of the number of unnoticed oil spills by a factor of 4 • Availability of data at the rate usual for meteorological data. GEOILWATCH will: • Assess the user interface for Seatrack Web for inclusion of new sources of real time oil spill information • Make recommendations and a detailed action plan.

Acronym GEOILWATCH (Reference Number: call2012inno-53)
Duration 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2016
Project Topic User-driven new information and communication services for marine environment, safety and security in the Baltic Sea area
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Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2012: Innovation

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Tallinn University of Technology Coordinator Estonia
2 Marine Systems Institute, Tallinn University of Technology Partner Estonia
3 Ventspils University College Partner Latvia
4 Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Partner Sweden
5 Ilmatieteen laitos Partner Finland
6 Flydog Solutions LLC Partner Estonia
7 Latvian Coast Guard Service Observer Latvia