RAED is a member of the consortium that manages and executes ODYSSEA project in Egypt funded by the European Commission . ODYSSEA is A network designed to develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone.
ODYSSEA EGYPT facebook: ODYSSEA-Egypt
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Facilitate access to Mediterranean marine data specifically designed to meet the needs of many end-users in the maritime sector
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The platform will collect its data from the many databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, and institutions of Mediterranean EU and non-EU countries, integrating existing earth observation facilities and networks in the Mediterranean Sea building on key initiatives such as Copernicus, GEOSS, GOOS, EMODNet, ESFRI, Lifewatch, Med-OBIS, GBIF, AquaMaps, Marine IBA e-atlas, MAPAMED and others with marine and maritime links. Through ODYSSEA’s end-user centred approach, in which the various groups of end-users and stakeholders, within and external to the Consortium, will be involved from Day 1 of the project in the design, development and operation of the platform, including identification of gaps in data collection and accessibility.
High priority gaps will be filled through multiple approaches that include developing a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea (a.o. microplastic sensors), oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen scientist networks. Applying advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and fuse the large quantities of data in common standard type and format as well as other types of formats, the ODYSSEA platform will provide both primary data and on-demand derived data services, including forecasts, from ALL Mediterranean countries through a SINGLE PUBLIC PORTAL to various end-user groups and stakeholders. End-user requirements will drive the creation of secondary data sets which the platform will provide as new and packaged services matching the specialised information needs of users.
ODYSSEA will improve accessibility to existing data as well as increase the temporal and geographic coverage of observational data in the Mediterranean.
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The project is being implemented in 14 Mediterranean countries, and the location in Egypt is Abu-Qir bay.
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The European Commission
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28 partners from 14 countries (6 non-EU)
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- 54 months duration
- Starting Date 1st June 2017
- Ending date 30th November 2021
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RAED is currently working with the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries to provide daily and weekly information on the weather conditions in Abu-Qir Bay, Alexandria through the project’s Facebook page: ODYSSEA-Egypt, Which is being updated and developed daily through the information received from the satellites at the present. At first , readings for the Abu-Qir Bay area will be made from within the region in advanced phases. Also the page will be provided with the necessary information for all interested in oceanography.
RAED is also preparing for a summer school on “Operational Oceanography in the era of Blue Growth”
For more details about the summer school check the following link: http://raednetwork.org/en/odyssea/