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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.

CERTO General Assembly

Latest News

27 February 2021

The CERTO General Assembly was held over two days in January and attended by 34 people from all parts of the project with the aim of reviewing progress on the project and preparing for the first EU Review Meeting later in the month.


The meeting opened with an update from Project Coordinator, Prof. Steve Groom who noted that all deliverables from 2020 have been submitted and are available to download from the CERTO website. However, he cautioned that some future

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