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FerryBox - From on-line oceanographic measurements to environmental information


Project timeline
November 2002
36 months
October 2005
General Information
The objectives of FERRYBOX are to show that ship-borne instrumentation can cost effectively deliver information of immediate scientific value and help to solve environmental problems, that FerryBox systems provide a reliable system for efficient monitoring and management in European waters, that the data can be assimilated into prognostic numerical models to improve their accuracy and finally, that such FerryBox systems offer potentials for a wider European contribution to GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System), with incorporation of European sensor and information technology. Measurements will be performed on ferries on 8 ferry lines in different European seas using comparative technology in the different FerryBoxes, which will have a minimal set of four sensors for salinity, temperature, fluorescence and turbidity. Depending on the local problems this standard set will be extended with optional sensors to measure nutrients, productivity, algae class composition, oxygen and pH. An overall activity will be to inter-calibrate the different sensors used so that a consistent and quality assured data set will be available for scientific studies and potential users. A two-year measuring period is envisaged for all FerryBox systems, so that their reliability and interannual variability can be shown.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-ESD; Environment and sustainable development, KA 2: Global Change, Climate and Bio - diversity, Better exploitation of existing data and adaptation of existing observing systems (1.1.4.-2.4.1)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK2-CT-2002-00144
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Wilhelm Petersen, Institute of Coastal Research, KOI, Phone: +49 4152 87 2358, (initial contact: Prof. Franciscus Colijn, Institute of Coastal Research)
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Chelsea Instruments Ltd. (UK), Estonian Marine Institute (EE), Finnish Institute of Marine Research FIMR (FI), Hydromod Scientific Consulting GbR (DE), Instituto Espaniol de Oceanografia (ES), National Centre for Marine Research (GR), NERC-Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (UK), NERC-Southampton Oceanography Centre (UK), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NO), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NL)
FERRYBOX website

(completed October 2005)

Last Update: 18. May 2021