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Extending data and services for safer navigation and marine protection
CALYPSO South addresses the challenges of safer marine transportation, protection
of human lives at sea, and safeguarding of marine and coastal resources from
irreversible damages. It is a commitment to put technological advancement and
scientific endeavour at the service of humanitarian responses, reducing risks in
sea faring, and protecting the marine environment.
CALYPSO South follows the trail of the previous CALYPSO and CALYPSO Follow On
initiatives, with the overall objectives of:
extending the CALYPSO HF radar network coverage to the western part of
the Malta-Sicily Channel and the southern approaches to the Maltese
developing new monitoring and forecasting tools,
delivering tailored operational downstream services to assist national
responsible entities in their maritime security, rescue and emergency
The expected changes comprise intelligent ICT support to responsible entities to
limit intervention times and narrow down search areas.
Main outputs consist of weather stations for integrated port safety applications,
additional HF radar stations to improve the coverage, quality and availability
of data for targeted downstream services.
Beneficiary responsible entities include the Armed Forces of Malta, Transport Malta,
Civil Protection Departments (of both Malta and Sicily), Italian Coast Guard, and
Marina Militare Italiana. The resultant improved efficiency, range and reliability
of their operations will enable superior security and safety at sea.
In CALYPSO SOUTH a synergistic approach between Maltese and Sicilian partners
optimizes the transnational cooperation. A cross-border approach is required by the
inherent and borderless characteristics of the topic. Indeed, the observed patterns
of variability of sea currents and wind suggest that a hazard triggered in a site
could threaten the counterpart site; moreover security at sea largely involves
The project is a further building block towards the phased creation of permanent
structures encompassing a comprehensive Marine Electronic Highway in the area.