08-12 September 2021, Tulcea, Romania

The Research and Development Department of EYDAP (R&D), participated in the 5th International Conference "Water Resources and Wetlands" that held from 8 to 12 September 2021 in Tulcea, Romania. EYDAP represented by the Head of R&D, Dr. Stelios Samios and the researcher Dr. George Katsouras (Chemist). During the Conference, the autonomous boats introduced to more than 50 participants (in person) and to even more virtually with an oral presentation entitled "Integrated Ecosystem Ecology (Chlorophyll-a) of EYDAP's Reservoirs Profiles by Using Robotic Boats" emphasizing on the innovative monitoring of EYDAP’s four Reservoirs in 2020 (Katsouras et al., 2021).

INTCATCH Innovative Monitoring Services since 2017 presented in six countries all over Europe, and the application of the robotic boats with their integrated sensors allowed monitoring and sampling of water quality in more than 50 lakes and rivers Additionally, during the field trip on the Danube Delta, a deployment on demand of INTCATCH autonomous boat took place and the data were evaluated through appropriate applications in real time (tablet, mobile). The innovative quality monitoring strategy proved that could increase available water quality data without requiring labor-intensive and costly monitoring schemes.

The President of the Romanian Limnogeographical Association Prof. Petre Gastescu as well as the General Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Conference Prof. Petre Bretcan showed special interest in this innovative technology of intelligent monitoring of rivers and lakes. Following the demonstration an open discussion took place and all the participants expressed their interest to test INTCATCH service in their catchments. Among them, Dr. Piotr Klimaszyk President of the Polish Limnological Society, Dr. Martin Kainz President of the Austrian Society of Limnology and Vice President of the International Society of Limnology, Prof. Thomas Schneider from the Technische Universität München, Chairman of Forest Management, Dr. Ionut Minea from University of Iasi (Romania), Director of Research Dr. Jens C Nejstgaard and researcher Dr. Andreas Jechow of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Berlin), researcher Dr. Gabriela Morosanu from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography/Meteorology - Hydrology Department in Romania and Prof. Nesho Chipev with Prof. Albena Alexandrova of the Institute of Neurobiology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, from Sofia, Bulgaria.

In conclusion, the demonstration of an autonomous boat in the Danube Delta has shown once again that it can contribute to the most complete and best quality control of a water body, detecting in time, if necessary, possible pollution from anthropogenic activities or natural processes.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689341

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