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progetto CERTO

Programme: H2020 – Research and Innovation Actions

Project title: Copernicus Evolution - Research for harmonised and Transitional water Observation

Acronym: CERTO

Duration: 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022

Total Budget: € 2.843.000

ISMAR budget: € 388.488

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The aims to address this lack of harmonisation by undertaking research and development necessary to produce harmonised water quality data from each service and extend Copernicus to the large number of stakeholders operating in transitional waters. CERTO will focus on methods to classify waters, using satellite observations, together with the most comprehensive existing in situ data sets and additional data gathering within the project. Methods will be improved to remove the atmospheric signal, particularly problematic in near-coastal and transitional waters, as well as to flag waters where the bottom is visible. CERTO will also evaluate optical water quality Indicators, as specified by the broad group of end-users engaged in the project from industry, monitoring agencies and science communities. CERTO will investigate cross-cutting Indicators that may be used across coasts, transitional and inland waters including large rivers (monitored through the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives). The project will contribute to DANUBIUS the European research infrastructure in River-Sea Systems, and international communities such as Group on Earth Observation (GEO) AquaWatch and Blue Planet, the Lagoons for Life initiative as well as supporting the United National Sustainable Development Goals.

Contact person in ISMAR:


  1. Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom)
  2. Brockmann Consult GmbH (Germany)
  3. Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências (Portugal)
  4. The University of Stirling (United Kingdom)
  5. Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru, Geologie si Geoecologie Marina GeoEcoMar (Romania)
  6. HYGEOS (France)
  7. Odermatt and Brockmann GmbH (Switzerland)
  8. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  9. PML Applications Ltd (United Kingdom)
  10. Climate-KIC Holding BV (Netherlands)
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