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Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries (MONOCLE)

A lake surrounded by forest at dusk

Completed project

Project start: February 2018  |  Project end: July 2022
Funder: Horizon 2020 programme
Principal Investigator: Professor Stefan Simis
Other participants from PML: Ben Calton, Dr Nick Selmes, Dr Thomas Jordan, Dr Tim Smyth, Dr Victor Martinez-Vicente, Jessica Heard, Oliver Clements, Thomas Jackson, Dr Heather Baxter

Funded by EU H2020, MONOCLE brings together 12 partners from across Europe to create sustainable in situ observation solutions for Earth Observation (EO) of optical water quality in inland and transitional waters.

Developing essential research and technology to lower the cost of acquisition, maintenance, and regular deployment of in situ sensors. The MONOCLE sensor system will establish firm links between operational Earth Observation (EO) and essential environmental monitoring in inland and transitional water bodies. These aquatic ecosystems, which are particularly vulnerable to direct human impacts, represent areas of the weakest performance in current EO capability, despite the major technological advances in recent decades. At the same time, these areas are of great economic importance and are crucial to sustainable food, energy, and clean water supply.