Algae evaluated from space

EU project Joint Monitoring Programme of the Eutrophication of the North Sea with Satellite data (JMP EUNOSAT)

Algal growth monitoring and assessment in a coherent manner using satellite observation. This is the aim of a two-year EU project bringing together national monitoring institutes in all countries bordering the North Sea.

The project uses ocean colour satellites to monitor chlorophyll-a concentrations in the surface layer of the water column. We develop quality controlled satellite data products of the entire North Sea, using historical earth observation data archives and new data from the European Copernicus Sentinel programme. We also build a coherent set of reference and assessment levels for nutrients and chlorophyll-a that will enable coherent assessments for OSPAR and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The project furthermore develops a proposal for cooperation between North Sea countries, leading to more cost-effective joint monitoring of eutrophication. We are inspired by collaboration in the Baltic Sea, where chlorophyll assessment and reporting make use of combined satellite and ship-based data.

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An EU project to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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* EU grant 11.0661/2017/750678/SUBIENV.C2
* 2 year project, started 15 February 2017
* 14 partners in all countries bordering the North Sea
* Final products will be available on this website in February 2019