Autonomous Systems for Integrated Marine and Maritime Observations in Coastal areas Internal


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: September 17, 2018
End Date: September 19, 2018
Venue: Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.
Contact: Patrizio Mariani
E-mail: pat [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2017 call for FWS and WG proposals
Total Budget: €15,000
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Patrizio Mariani
Co-organiser(s): Murat V. Ardelan, Alessandro Crise, Ricardo Haroun Tabraue

This workshop aims at identify present technological solutions, the limits for integration of existing platforms, and the development of new one to provide accurate, reliable and cost efficient data collection in ocean coastal regions. The specific focus will be on: coastal processes and scales of variability, to identify methods for autonomous environmental mapping. This includes physical and relevant ecological variables that can serve to industry, science and policy makers and can support the development of marine spatial planning.


The workshop is organized around three major themes:

  1. Science for society. How the coastal processes are currently observed by platforms and sensors and how they are related to sustainable economic activities.
  2. Foresight on Ocean Automation and Marine Robotics. Advanced systems for autonomous environmental mapping and monitoring of coastal areas.
  3. User requirements. Identification of gaps and priorities for enhancing ocean observing capacity and the sustainable development of ocean economy.

Theme I will introduce relevant coastal processes that are usually neglected in monitoring and modelling programs (e.g. air-sea fluxes, erosion, turbidity and habitat formation); this will be followed by presentation of available platforms and sensors for ocean observations. The invited contribute from OECD will be included in this session to provide expected demand for future data collection.

Theme II will present already established coastal monitoring systems and will identify future technical development and innovative ideas in the field of autonomous data collection systems (e.g., collaborative robotics, computer vision, cloud computing).

Theme III will provide a synthesis of gaps and priorities in developing ocean observation technologies able to fulfil the demand of user needs while providing societal benefits. Contribute from several maritime stakeholders (e.g., transport and tourism industry, harbour authorities, coastal engineering) are expected in this theme.

Expected outcomes

Position paper to be submitted in e.g., Frontiers in Marine Science; and proposal for a thematic session at the European Geophysical Union.

Help science, industry and policy makers to advance and share the knowledge of autonomous coastal monitoring systems; Contribute to the identification of scientific challenges for the EU framework programme (2020-2030); develop synergies with similar activities ongoing within EuroGOOS and the European Marine Board (EOOS Consultation Document, 2016) and JPI Oceans. Help to identify solutions for the improvement of the next World Ocean Assessment in coastal areas. Propose integrated coastal observing network as potential benchmarks for the MSFD monitoring strategy and verification of the effectiveness of the set of measures.