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Implementation of Copernicus Downstream Products for Monitoring of Bathing and Shellfish Waters and Piloting User Uptake

Point of contact
Andrea Taramelli
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
Via Vitaliano Brancati, 48
144 Roma
Phone: +39-6-50074635


The objective of this action is to establish an operational service of integrated model-observations products for the monitoring and forecasting of the state of the marine coastal environment with a focus on the diffusion of plumes related to potential hazards for bathing and shellfish waters. The service will take advantage of user feedbacks gathered and modelling tools developed in the CADEAU project (CMEMS Demonstration Coastal – MEDSEA 32-DEM2-L5). Therefore, this action aims to improve the CADEAU service capabilities to provide a real time monitoring and short-term forecasting system. The new implementation includes the analysis of case studies for bathing and shellfish waters. Furthermore, a workshop will support the user uptake of the new downstream service for local-scale issues and specific needs. This event aims at improving and facilitating the dialogue between all the national end-users and enterprise community members. Such dialogue is expected to lead toward the further optimization and customization of the downstream platform and services, built upon suitable and sound user requirements. Public sector and LRA will benefit from the results within the implementation of national and EU policies (e.g. WFD, MSFD, or MSP) as well as the shellfish industry to improve sustainability and quality of productions.

Additional features will be implemented in the ongoing CADEAU project.The high-resolution implementation of the MITgcm-BFM coupled model proved to be an efficient tool to downscale the CMEMS products in the Northern Adriatic, a cross-border area including Italian, Slovenian and Croatian coastal waters. The service will be improved with forecasting capabilities, consisting of a current-state analysis and short-term (2-3 days) forecast reporting the marine environmental state (hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry) and the water quality parameters along the Northern Adriatic coast. The operational system is a high resolution, daily-updated downscaling of the CMEMS Mediterranean operational service, driven by local area meteorological forcing focused on the Alps-Adriatic Region.

The system output will consist of the following products: concentration and dynamics of nutrients (high-resolution surface fields of nutrients), indexes of eutrophication (biomass of producers and TRIX index), dynamics and characteristics of water currents and biogeochemistry at the regional scale. Tailored outputs can be included upon specific request.

Two case studies will focus on the application of the above downstream products in important shellfish production areas: Chioggia (for mussels) and Goro (for Japanese clams). In particular provisional tools for monitoring environmental quality and risk of eutrophication and faecal pollution of shellfish production areas will be developed and tested with selected SMEs. Satellite observations and provisional models will be supported by in situ data collected and elaborated in collaboration with other partners (e.g. government veterinary institutes, shellfish farmers association).

A further specific case study will be carried out to evaluate the potential bacterial pollution impact on bathing waters at a higher spatial resolution (about 10 m). This will simulate the diffusion of plumes from river mouths or main outlets, taking into account the hydrodynamic processes at a smaller scale and the interaction with structures and waves.

A workshop will be organized in Italy at national scale to demonstrate the potentiality of the full chain of downstream products at the different spatial scales: from CMEMS Mediterranean wide low/medium resolution to CADEAU high resolution coastal scale, to ultra-high resolution river-plume model. The event will be driven by already identified requirements of the National System for Environmental Protection community, in order to identify downstream potential to be built upon common needs. The organization will be led by ISPRA in collaboration with national or regional authorities.

Outputs and Results

  • Implementation of additional features based on user requirements in ongoing Copernicus downstream services and innovative products for aquaculture industry and public sector
  • Conduction of a workshop to verify if the improvements correspond to the user requirements and to collect additional user requirements that could be linked with the additional features developed in the downstream services