The Sentinel missions and the Copernicus services provide a comprehensive view of critical environmental parameters for climate and environmental research. The accuracy and high spatial resolution of the data play a crucial role in representing physical, chemical and biological processes. The models are capable of providing accurate parameterizations of these processes and their complex interactions.
The HiSea project, which combines measurements and models, offers enormous potential for achieving an improved understanding of the coastal environment. In this regard, HiSea services will provide readily-available, high-resolution environmental information to meet users’ operational and management requirements. HiSea will provide a co-designed service that offers high-resolution data on water quality at sea, responding to specific questions from the port and aquaculture sectors.
In addition, HiSea will develop, in operational mode, new downstream Copernicus-based services. These integrated services will incorporate marine, terrestrial and climate Copernicus service products, local monitoring data and advanced modelling, representing added-value for potential users of Copernicus data. The downstream service includes early-warning alerts, alarms for potential risks to daily activities (pollution); real-time crisis management, simulating actions to mitigate adverse effects; automated reports on key performance indicators; standard datasets; and the creation of a knowledge database on cause-effect relationships (business intelligence). From data storage to using Docker containers for processing, the HiSea platform will be totally compatible with cloud-based implementation, ready for DIAS infrastructure. The immediate market acceptance of HiSea services by the intended users in ports and aquaculture is guaranteed. Linked to the market and project partners’ experience of providing similar services, HiSea is able to demonstrate the proposed services at regional or even global level.
HiSea, in close collaboration with users and other stakeholders, employs the knowledge and experience of the Consortium (research, development and implementation) to develop, test and demonstrate a range of advanced monitoring and modelling services.
A clear feature of the project is the maximum participation of end-users in a broad sense, which involves, among other initiatives, the creation of an international stakeholder forum.
The Port of Valencia will act as a demo of the services designed in this project. Port activities generate commercial and economic growth, and many ports are regulated by environmental policies. The demonstration of the services will help ports to be more efficient in terms of environmental health and cost reduction, supporting internal contingency and emergency plans. The service will be demonstrated to other end-users of the port.