Current Projects


December 2017 to February 2021

Running from December 2017 to February 2021, MELOA is a H2020 project that is developing an innovative family of products, WAVY drifter units, allowing for a low-cost, easily deployable, high versatility, and low maintenance system for in-situ measurements for marine environments.

Focused on covering marine observation gaps, the WAVYs will increase the availability of in-situ data for coastal and open ocean zones. The MELOA project is developing the first prototypes for the different WAVY units configurations, and engaging with the marine community to test them in different marine environments, collecting and making available the data from the test campaigns and building, on top of this data, the first products and services to showcase the usefulness of the WAVY data.

MELOA Consortium is composed by 10 European entities working in close collaboration with the marine communities to develop solutions that will enable to tackle some societal challenges, namely those related in situ data collection for marine monitoring.

EUMarine Robots

March 2018 to February 2021

Our oceans are the least-explored region of planet Earth. Protection and sustainable development of ocean resources presents formidable challenges. Robots will play an increasingly key role in the near future and this role will expand and become more challenging as we extend into deeper, remote and hostile marine environments. Europe leads in many aspects of maritime, but lacks well integrated and coordinated oceanic robotic infrastructure or presence.

The marine-robotics industry is growing rapidly. It is a crucial high-value/high-cost sector with considerable entry barriers to R&D. The full growth potential of this industry will be greatly enhanced with access to shared robotic research infrastructure.

EUMarineRobots (EUMR) proposes an access-infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface and sub-surface marine robotic assets, the combined value of which is far greater than the sum of their parts. EUMR will open transnational access to significant national marine robotics R&D assets across Europe.


February 2016 to June 2019

FireRS (acronym for wildFIRE Remote Sensing) aims to provide emergency agencies and / or coordination centers with an innovative tool for detecting and managing fire using new technologies. The new platform created in FireRS will provide almost real-time information, GPS positioning, fire perimeter, infrared images, propagation prediction, performance protocols, etc. The set consists of ground sensors, a dedicated picosatellite, a local and remote ground station as well as a mission control center.


January 2017 to June 2019

The objective of this project is to develop AUVs with a continuous operation duration of more than 48 hours, which together with the ground station will establish a system with adaptive sampling implementation that will allow planning between high-level objectives defined by the operator and local adaptation performed on board the vehicle.

Hydrodynamic and propulsion improvements, use of new energy storage technologies and development of algorithms for planning and controlling the execution of operations that minimize vehicle consumption.


January 2015 to January 2019

BRIDGES (Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services) is developing two deep glider prototypes for further understanding, improved monitoring, and responsible exploitation of the marine environment while assuring its long-term preservation. These robust, cost-effective, re-locatable, versatile and easily-deployed ocean gliders will support autonomous, long-term in-situ exploration of the deep ocean at large spatio-temporal scales.


January 2017 to December 2018

A fleet of autonomous vehicle will provide earlier detection and tracking of in-water oil plumes to feed numerical models and increase the preparedness to reduce the consequences of the oil spill on the coast. This Project is an extension of the URready4OS funded in the 2013 call to increase a fleet of training vehicles.

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Accomplished Projects