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WP4 Services
The data provided by the networks set up in WP3 will be transformed into targeted, added value services. The focal activities are:

  1. A cross-border stakeholder Working Group intended to promote the exchange between responsible entities for civil protection, surveillance and security, especially with regards to response to hazards from oil spills in the region.

  2. Real-time interface for PORTO meteo 
                     network in Malta
    Real-time interface for PORTO meteo network in Malta
  3. An online interface providing an integrated access to data for professional users and aggregated data services to public users. Besides enhancing the coverage and functionality of KAPTAN, a new smartphone application, called PORTO, will be developed to be used primarily by ship and harbour masters for safer navigation in proximity to ports. PORTO will aid port operators for safer activities especially during entrance/exit of ships in/out of harbours under adverse meteo-marine conditions, such as strong winds and waves, and possibly seiches, in harbours where sea level measurements are available. The smartphone app will primarily deal with data acquired by the harbour monitoring system developed in WP3, as well as third party data from satellite and numerical models.

  4. Higher resolution numerical modelling forecasting services will cover the Sicilian coast in more detail.

  5. The existing oil spill detection and fate prediction system, The Malta Shelf Oil Spill Tracker, is being upgraded with an online oil spill bulletin generator covering a domain beyond the Malta shelf area. Oil spill modelling trials will be made on higher resolution models to enable simulations closer to the coast and within embayments.

  6. Search area predicted by SARWapp
    Search area predicted by SARWapp
  7. The S&R web application (SARWapp) is being developed. The system will use the SaaS paradigm, where all the model processing is carried out on a server, while the user device is used as an interface for the user to interact with the system. This approach facilitates the distribution of this application to other Port Authorities on a national level or any other entity. The system will ensure that all parties involved in the S&R, both on land and at sea, have access to the same, up-to-date simulation and search path results.

  8. Simulations for training and the use of drones in tackling emergency situations in ports or at sea will be conducted by CALYPSO South partners and invited Sicilian stakeholders.

  9. The use of different techniques to improve the quality of data provided by the radar network is being assessed. Frequency interference in HF radars is a known difficulty that leads to deterioration of data and gaps in time and space. Work will continue on the use of Artificial Neural Networks to develop an operational chain for the generation of missing information. The system will execute in an ‘online’ mode with a dedicated interface to include past and all future records as training data. Furthermore, the Auto Regressive Moving Average (ARMA) Model will be used in time for both data gap filling and short-term forecasting. Validation will be done imposing virtual gaps and comparing simulated vs actual values. During the validation phase different scenarios will be considered in order to test reliability of ARMA predictions under several sea current regimes and spatial/temporal patterns.