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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.

Sampling in the Elbe estuary

Latest News

6 September 2021
A one-week field campaign was held at the end of June on the Elbe River, starting from just before Hamburg and ending at the river mouth in Cuxhaven, to gather samples at different stations along the river, and at less sampled areas of the river.

The CERTO field campaign was organised by University Stirling with the consultancy of Brockmann Consult, the Certo Elbe Case Study Site lead. Hereon (formerly HZG), the local advisor board member, provided great technical and


CTD and bottle sampling instruments mounted on a frame for in-water sampling