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Satellite monitoring of coastal water quality - the HIGHROC project

Kevin Ruddick, Carsten Brockmann, Véronique Créach, Liesbeth De Keukelaere, David Doxaran, Rodney Forster, Pierre Jaccard, Els Knaeps, Carole Lebreton, Anna Birgitta Ledang, Bouchra Nechad, Marit Norli, Stefani Novoa, Anouck Ody, Kai Sorensen, Kerstin Stelzer, Dimitry Van der Zande and Quinten Vanhellemont

(Submission #459)


The FP7/HIGHROC (“HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour”) Project is developing the next generation of satellite-derived products for coastal water quality services.

Key applications for HIGHROC products and services include: the reporting of coastal water quality by Member States for the EU Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives; the optimisation and management of dredging applications; support for Environmental Impact Assessment and initialisation/validation data for sediment transport and ecosystem modelling. In many cases the satellite data can provide information both to private companies carrying out commercial activities (dredging, aquaculture, etc) and to national/local governments responsible for authorising/controlling such activities as well as to various scientists from universities or other research centres providing advice and adding value to the basic HIGHROC products.

The HIGHROC products are based on both mainstream ocean colour satellites (Sentinel-3/OLCI, VIIRS) and novel use of other satellite missions such as the meteorological MSG/SEVIRI sensors and the land-oriented Landsat-8 (L8) and Sentinel-2 (S2) missions. The geostationary SEVIRI gives data every 15 minutes, offering much better temporal coverage in partially cloudy periods and the possibility to follow diurnal and tidal processes in cloud-free periods. S2 and L8 offer much better spatial resolution, down to 10m (S2), allowing detection of many human impacts invisible at 300m resolution.

HIGHROC R&D includes the development of algorithms, acquisition of in situ measurements and programming of image processing chains. The new products and services will be tested during User Service Trials covering a representative range of applications.


Topic Area:  [2.4] INSPIRE + Open Data + COPERNICUS
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional fields

Comments:   satellite remote sensing, coastal water, Water Framework Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, sediment transport

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