Fisalia research vessel sampling in the Tagus

Comparing radiometers in the Tagus

15 November 2021
An extensive field work campaign in the Tagus estuary, Portugal took place in October 2021. 

Two sets of radiometers, one from the CERTO project and the other from the Alfred Wegener Institut were mounted on the Fisália research ship to obtain measurements of water quality that will be used to validate satellite


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

Sampling in the Elbe estuary

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


Fieldwork in the Danube Delta

29 May 2021
A short field campaign was held in the Danube Delta at the end of April, with the primary aim of testing the So-Rad system.

The Solar Tracking Radiometry platform (So-Rad) is designed to control and automate underway radiometric measurements for satellite validation from ships and buoys. It consists of two sets of Trios spectroradiometers


Screenshot of online meeting

CERTO General Assembly

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


Fieldwork and online meetings

CERTO's first year

31 December 2020
CERTO has had a productive first year, despite worldwide travel and working restrictions throughout most of 2020, with successful fieldwork and desk-based studies undertaken.

The CERTO project got off to a great start in January 2020 with a two-day kick off meeting hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Partners from all seven institutes across Europe gave presentations on their work packages and discussed how


CERTO meeting participants

CERTO progress meeting

21 August 2020
The first CERTO progress meeting was held online, 30-31 July 2020, due to current travel restrictions.  The online platform worked well and it enabled more participants to be able to attend than might have otherwise been possible, with representatives from all the workpackages and over 20 people in attendance.

The meeting started with an introduction from project coordinator Prof Steve Groom. He reported that 11 deliverables had already been reviewed by the management workpackage and submitted to the EU. However, there were some minor


Fieldwork in Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Field Campaign

12 May 2020
An early field campaign of the CERTO project took place in February 2020, on board the Dallaporta vessel in the North Adriatic Sea. The objectives of the campaign were to characterize the hydrological, biogeochemical and sedimentological properties of the study area during the maximum river runoff phase.  In situ measurements of hydrological properties and

Group shot of CERTO participants

CERTO Kick-off meeting

12 March 2020
The CERTO project has started with a productive two-day meeting hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in January 2020.

Partners from 7 institutes across Europe gave presentations on their workpackages and discussed how they were going to work together towards the overall goal of harmonising water monitoring practices across marine, coastal and inland


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CERTO in the media

How can we leverage space innovation to take climate action? Opinion piece by Climate-KIC, including description of work with CERTO. 4 October 2021.

Research explained by scientists: GeoEcoMar is involved in 3 European projects that develop applications for Copernicus and NASA satellite data. and 24 April 2020 (in Romanian)

CERTO: monitoring water quality at a global scale. News article on Future Earth Coasts website. 6 April 2021.

A short film on DANUBIUS-RI featuring several CERTO scientists. 


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