ASTRIIS (Atlantic Sustainability Through Remote and In-situ Integrated Solutions) is a Portuguese project to support the sustainable growth of the blue economy by developing technical and scientific knowledge for the design, demonstration and implementation of integrated and customizable information products and services.
The project focuses on sectors of the blue economy with high potential for value creation, such as marine renewable energy, aquaculture, coastal tourism, or recreational boating, and is oriented to the needs of users, which include investors, regulators, policymakers, consumers, and scientific researchers.
THE NEW PRODUCTS AND
SERVICES OF ASTRIIS
The new products and services of ASTRIIS are tested in relevant environments or laboratories to make a decisive contribution to the growth of the blue economy in Portugal, allowing:
To add value and increase the efficiency of operations in the marine environment
Easy and intuitive access to data in support of operations and management
To increase the precision of the information made available
To reduce operation costs, planning, and management of different maritime activities
To create solutions based on sustainable data sources and open-source models, designed according to the users’ needs
Currently, there are numerous ocean databases and numerical models for meteo-oceanographic prediction. However, there are still significant knowledge gaps in terms of in situ ocean observations or in solutions based on observations linked to space platforms or aerial sources. Moreover, there is still a lack of infrastructure for a non-specialist operator to aggregate, cross-reference and analyse this significant amount of data in an efficient way for specific purposes.
ASTRIIS intends to fill this gap, breaking the current paradigm based on the dispersion and, sometimes, inexistence of information and knowledge on the marine environment, which is essential for the development of the blue economy and the safeguarding of life and marine resources.
To achieve ASTRIIS objectives, the consortium has designed an offer of information products and services, which emerge from data acquisition through in situ observation and remote sensing, combined with numerical modelling and forecasting. ASTRIIS will also respond to market needs in the context of sustainable and integrated management of the ocean and coastal zones exploitation. In addition, the project will support decision-making processes and enable open digital products to be made available to society at large, with a focus on formal education and ocean literacy.
THE ASTRIIS PROJECT CONTEMPLATES
SIX MAIN LINES OF ACTION
Project management, science communication, and results dissemination
Development of integrative service and product solutions focused on market needs
In situ ocean observation
Technologies for remote sensing from unmanned vehicles in the ocean and space
Modelling, forecasting, and engineering services
Planning and execution control system for adaptive synoptic ocean tracking and sampling and collaborative mapping