NAUTILOS represents one of the EU's initiatives in support of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, focusing on the demonstration of novel technologies to measure Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs).

This project aims to address gaps in marine observation and modeling concerning chemical, biological, and deep ocean physics variables. It seeks to achieve this by developing a new generation of cost-effective sensors and samplers, integrating these technologies into observation platforms, and deploying them in large-scale demonstrations across European seas.

The primary objective of NAUTILOS is to complement and enhance existing European observation tools and services, resulting in a dataset with higher spatial resolution, temporal regularity, and duration compared to current European standards. Additionally, the project aims to facilitate broader access to marine environment monitoring, catering to both traditional and non-traditional data users.

The integration phase of NAUTILOS is carried out through two approaches:

  • Platforms integration: This involves the realization of a novel multi-platform cooperative network for future autonomous and integrated ocean observation. This network enables coherent, interoperable communication and integration among various platforms, including lander platforms, Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs), and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).
  • Sensors to platform integration: This phase involves adapting communication systems, data logging mechanisms, and protocols to the specific requirements of each platform. Integration of sensors and payloads is also conducted on various platforms such as fishing vessels, FerryBox Ships of Opportunity, profiling floats, mooring buoys, and lander platforms. Furthermore, a non-invasive tagging system for marine animals is being integrated with commercially available oxygen sensors in preparation for deployment.

For the Nautilos project, Edgelab has tailored the U_Tracker® by adding a Fluorimeter and a passive broadband hydrophone, and has overseen the integration of platforms and sensors.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101000825 (NAUTILOS). This output reflects only the author’s view and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use that mey be made of the information contained therein.