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Copernicus Evolution - Research for harmonised and Transitional water Observation

Water quality is a worldwide issue affecting food production, industry, nature, recreation and ultimately human wellbeing. Satellites offer a cost-effective solution to monitor water quality at a global scale. A variety of methods and approaches are currently used for different water bodies such as oceans and lakes. CERTO will provide a harmonized capability to monitor water quality from lakes, through deltas, coastal waters and to the open ocean.

EU FlagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870349.

Responding to global needs

Monitoring and maintaining good water quality is pivotal to fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is enshrined in European policy though the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

CERTO’s harmonised water quality products will support industry, policy-makers and academia and help nations to demonstrate compliance with national and international legislation and targets.

Six SDG icons relevant to the CERTO project

Our areas of focus

The project will focus on 6 case study areas of transitional water bodies which provide diverse conditions and environments.

Testing the limits of algorithms

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17 May 2022
In second fieldwork campaign in the Plymouth region during a week in April 2022, we extended sampling inland, towards the upper reaches of the Tamar and Plym estuaries, and seaward off the Breakwater and Whitsand Bay.
This gave us good coverage of the transitional waters between riverine and coastal areas and enabled sampling in a wide variety of optical conditions with different sediment particle loads. The CERTO team covered

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Sampling using the TriOS radiometers in the Tamar estuary