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Maritime Sensor Technologies for the European Market: Research, Development and Implementation Good practice guide

The Horizon 2020 COLUMBUS project has delivered a new guide sharing best practices, highlighting bottlenecks, and giving recommendations for a successful knowledge transfer in maritime sensor technologies.

The guide draws from and builds upon the work done across a number of complementary projects. These include the Horizon 2020 AtlantOS project and the Seventh Framework Programme Ocean of Tomorrow marine sensing projects, outputs from which are explicitly mentioned including those of SCHeMA. Click here to download it.


SCHeMA – Result in brief

CORDIS-EU published a “Results in Brief” article about the results of the SCHEMA project in six languages at: https://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/218989_en.html


SCHeMA final brochure

The final SCHeMA brochure outlining highlights of the project is now available in the Dissemination Section. Click here to download it.


SCHeMA Final Meeting

The SCHeMA Final meeting was held at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), 10 to 11 October 2017. All partners were represented at the meeting, along with two members of the external scientific advisory board (EAB): Daniel Cossa and Patrick Gorringe.


Second SCHeMA Demonstration Day

On two different days during the SCHeMA-V field campaign that took place onboard the R/V Planula IV (INSU) from May 14th to 19th, stakeholders and potential end-users were invited on-board to give them the opportunity to see the SCHeMA sensing probes operating in real conditions.  For more info click here 


42M Meeting, Arcachon, France

The 42M SCHeMA meeting was organized by UBx and the PC just prior the SCHeMA field campaign in the Arcachon bay, 14 to 19 May 2017. It took place on Saturday the 13th May 2017 at the Arcachon Marine Station where laboratory facilities were also provided to prepare the SCHeMA sensors and submersible probes prior their deployment from the boat R/V Planula IV.

The presentations and discussions during the 42M meeting focussed mainly on the work completed in the previous six months; final information and detailled discussion on the planning and activities of the field campaigns "SCHeMA Planula IV - Arcachon bay"  and "SCHeMA R/V Thalia - Gironde estuary and coastal area", which will be held respectively 14 - 19 May 2017 and 16 - 24 June 2017; the organization and Work Plan for the period M43 to M48. The PC informed the partners on the content of the final report and recalled the key timeline for its preparation and submission.


SCHeMA Demonstration Day

The SCHeMA Demonstration Day was held in Genoa, Italy on April 5th, 2017 at ARCO89 in Genoa harbour. On this occasion, the new sensors developed under the SCHeMA project have been shown and presented to selected end-users.

More information at http://www.schema-ocean.eu/Dissemination/Demonstration-day


SCHeMA Long Test Field

The first SCHeMA long test field has started on 18th January 2017 and it will end in April 2017. Deployed in the Genoa harbour at the CNR Station, the SCHeMA submersible probe will continuously collect data on the marine conditions inside the harbour with its three operational modules: standard CTD probe, trace metal probe and nutrient/carbonate/algae probe. Real time data are available through the SCHeMA data portal at dataportal.schema-ocean.eu 


36M Meeting, Graz, Austria

The SCHeMA Consortium met in Graz for the SCHeMA 36M meeting to discuss project progress and future experimental activities. The meeting was hosted by the University of Graz.


2016 AGU Fall Meeting - San Francisco, 12-16 December 2016

Next generation biological and chemical sensors for ocean observations (Session OS019)

Session ID: 13433 
Section/Focus: Ocean Sciences
Contributions are invited. Abstract deadline is Wednesday, 3 August 23:590 EDT
Session description: Oceans regulate the Earth’s climate and are integral to all known sources of life. Ocean processes are of biological, geological, chemical or physical nature, occurring at micro- to kilometer scales, from less than seconds to centuries, turning the understanding and the sustainable management of the ocean into a multi-scale and multi-disciplinary effort. Widespread observations remain generally difficult and costly in time and resources, especially for biological and chemical properties. New advances in sensors and methodologies offer significant improvements of observations, whether from advanced techniques such as hyperspectral fluorescence, lab-on-a-chip, animal tagging or new applications such as genetic sequencing. This session will address emerging sensor technologies and a new generation of advanced sensors and multifunctional sensor systems with emphasis on biological and chemical observations. New advances in physical and geological sensing are also welcome.

Session ChairsOliver Zielinski (U Oldenburg, Germany), Francisco Chavez (MBARI, USA), Douglas P. Connelly (NOC, UK), Jay Pearlman (U Colorado, IEEE, USA)

For questions, contact Oliver Zielinski - oliver.zielinski@uol.de - More info at: https://fallmeeting.agu.org


SCHeMA Summer School

The SCHeMA Summer School was held from June 14–16, 2012 at the PiE Marine Station in Plentzia, Bilbao, Spain. This workshop consisted of over 15 lectures by SCHeMA partners and invited speakers and discussion on nutrients and species relevant to the Carbon cycle, trace metals, VOCs, algae, biotoxins and marine environmental regulation and monitoring.  Practical sessions have been organised for 30 students and PhDs. More information at http://www.schema-ocean.eu/Summer-School


SCHeMA at Oceanology International 2016

SCHeMA will attend the Oceanology International exhibition and conference that will take place in London from 15-17 March (see OI website at http://www.oceanologyinternational.com)  SCHeMA, as part of the “Ocean of Tomorrow” project group will show the latest advancement at the OoT project stand, now available on the OI website exhibitor list: http://www.oceanologyinternational.com/en/Exhibitors/1588889/Ocean-of-Tomorrow-Projects

SCHeMA partners will participate at different initiatives:


SCHeMA Summer School Pre-announcement

The SCHeMA Summer School will be held in Plentzia, Bilbao (Spain) between 14 and 16 June 2016.
The School is aimed at providing a detailed view about remote sensing solution for in situ high resolution mapping of a range of anthropogenic and natural chemical compounds. It is open to master students and PhD students with a scientific and/or technical background in ocean science. Postdocs and junior scientists are also welcomed. 
See preliminary programme and invited speakers at http://www.schema-ocean.eu/Summer-School. More news to come.


24M Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

The 24M SCHeMA meeting took place again at the University of Geneva. The most important outocome of the meeting, beside the presentation of the work completed in the previous six month, was the initial organization of the SCHeMA Summer School which will opwn in June 2016. every partner contributed with ideas and more news will follow on the SCHeMA website.


18M Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

The 18M Schema meeting took place at the University of Geneva on the 12th and 13th of May 2015. Every partner presented the activities for each WP and achieved results including first test fields and architecture overview. 


IEBS 2015 - Bordeaux

Next event: Symposium on Estuarine Biogeochemistry (IEBS 2015) in Bordeaux from the  7th  to the 10th of June 2015.

A special  session on new sensors and recent developments for permanent high-resolution monitoring of chemicals in coastal zones is scheduled on the 10th of June 2015. The keynote lecture will be given by Michael Depledge.

Registration is now opened.

Schema encourages PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to submit an abstract. Short oral presentations and a poster session will be scheduled. An abstract template is available on the website: http://iebs2015.sciencesconf.org/


ASLO 2015 EU marine sensor project’s joint session - Granada, Spain

The coordinators of the 4 EC funded projects under the topic 2 of the call FP7-OCEAN-2013 (NeXOS, SenseOcean, SCHeMA & CommonSense ) have agreed to organize a specific session in the next meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) to be held between the 22-27 of February in Granada, SpainAbstract submissions are invited on the subject of: Next generation of in situ sensors for aquatic systems (ASLO 2015 – Session 137) via the conference website until October 10, 2014.


12M Meeting, Graz, Austria

The 12M Schema meeting took place at the University of Graz on the 24th and 25th of September 2014. Every partner presented the achievements of the first year of work and future activities were discussed. Moreover a joint session with the members of SenseOcean project was held to discuss common strategies and specific activities.


6M Meeting, Granada, Spain

The 6M Schema meeting took place in Granada on the 3rd and 4th of April 2014. The partners discussed the first results and the future objectives of the project. Restricted sessions were held between specific partners to discuss technology integration and measurement procedures. Next meeting will be held in Graz in October 2014.


D1.1 – Implemented website with project information maintained by a content management system (CMS)

Deliverable D.1.1 has been submitted by project Coordinator UNIGE. The report describes The Schema Project website and its features including details on the CMS used


Oceanology International 2014, 11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London

Oceanology International 2014 has been the largest event of its series with approximately 8,400 attendees and 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries.Schema partner IDRONAUT attended the event with its own stand.


Meeting with the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden

A meeting between Schema partner ETT S.p.A. and the World Maritime University (WMU) was held in Malmo, Sweden on the 14th Feb 2014. The Schema Project was presented and possible common future initiatives were discussed.


D10.1 - First communication/dissemination strategy submitted

The first SCHeMA deliverable “D10.1 - First communication/dissemination strategy” has been submitted by project Coordinator UNIGE. The report describes the communication/dissemination and meeting activities performed and provides an updated version of the calendar of future events and meetings.


Kickoff meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

The SCheMA kickoff meeting took place in Geneva on October 24th. Representatives of all the partners were present at the meeting discussing strategies, technical challenges and workplan of the 4 year project. Next meeting will be held in Granada in April 2014.


The Future of Operational Oceanography - Hamburg, Germany, - 8 - 10 October 2013

The symposium, organized by The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, will focus on monitoring, forecasting, and assessment of the European seas and coastal waters, national and international observational networks, land and satellite based remote sensing, and operational products which transfer the scientific information of oceanographic data to a broad user community in a usable way.