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Copernicus Evolution and Applications with Sentinel Enhancements and Land Effluents for Shores and Seas


Project timeline
November 2016
36 months
October 2019
General Information
The CEASELESS project will demonstrate how the new Sentinel measurements can support the development of a coastal dimension in Copernicus by providing an unprecedented level of resolution / accuracy / continuity with respect to present products. The retrieval and validation for restricted domains and for an enlarged set of combined, user oriented variables will be the basis to advance the state of the art in assimilation, modelling and applications, at a level commensurate with the new Sentinel capabilities. The project will address the multiple scales coexisting in littoral areas by developing new shallow water parameterizations, introducing them into coupled model suites (wind-wave-surge-current-land discharge) and producing new standards for coastal simulations and analyses. The permanent data base, with dynamic repositories, plus the modular structure of the developed models will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a future operational Copernicus coastal service. The set of derived products will be ingested into the users’ work routines, proving the economic feasibility of the Copernicus coastal extension. The level of conflicts in squeezed coastal zones, expected to grow in the face of climate change, will, thus, benefit directly from CEASELESS, establishing tangible contributions for a wide range of economic sectors. The data repositories (accessible via a dedicated portal), regularly updated with the evolving (satellite-derived) bathymetry will facilitate the use/re-use of our high resolution results, supporting a new set of Copernicus coastal applications such as renewable energy, coastal erosion or harbor exploitation. The mutual validation of satellite data, numerical results and in-situ observations will generate reciprocal profit for enhanced competiveness of EU coastal industries where we shall also explore the suitability for cases in 3rd countries, opening new business opportunities for a coastal Copernicus.
Hereon will lead the work package entitled "Derived products / performances as proof-of-concept for a Copernicus coastal service".
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-EO-2016, EO-3-2016
Project TypeResearch and Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 730030
Co-ordinatorUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya (ES)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Joanna Staneva, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation, KSD, Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1804
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Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), DHI - Institute of Water and Environment (DK), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (UK), Geographic Resource Analysis & Science AS (DK), Met Office (UK), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Technical University of Denmark (DK), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES)
Last Update: 16. April 2021