Management, Coordination and Reporting to the ECObjectives
- Manage the INTCATCH project to meet the budget and time schedule
- Maintain a link with the EC and ensure reporting is undertaken
- Oversee legal, contractual, data management, IPR, ethical and diversity matters
- Ensure project and exploitation risk and mitigation measures are assessed and applied
Innovative approach towards water quality monitoringObjectives
- To assess current and innovative monitoring strategies and tools for catchment-scale investigations in relation to the WFD
- To assess the social dimension to wider stakeholder adoption of INTCATCH monitoring tools, embodying Citizen Science
- To deliver bespoke, problem-oriented monitoring strategies that reflect future pressures, meet community inclusion and stakeholder needs using INTCATCH catchments to test approaches for delivering WFD objectives
- To set up and evolve the Decision Support System to design ‘integrated monitoring programmes’ that assess multiple pressures and impacts on the test catchments, and the effectiveness of management measures to achieve surface water quality improvements
Innovative sensors and technologies, their integration and validation
- To setup the monitoring platforms according to the innovative monitoring strategies suggested in WP2.
- To integrate heavy metals sensors in the smart boat and validate its operation in specified scenarios.
- To setup and validate easy-to-use lateral flow nano-biosensors for onshore applications.
- To standardize the use of a portable genomics tool for microbiological monitoring of water quality.
- To validate the integrated system under controlled conditions, using prototype(s).
Autonomous and radio controlled boats for water quality monitoring
- To optimize the autonomous (Platypus) and radio controlled (ARC) boat platforms for the INTCATCH water monitoring methodology.
- To optimize the current solutions for controlling the autonomous boats so that non-technical users can operate the system.
- To demonstrate the use of the boats in key water catchments (Lake Garda, urban rivers in London and the Great Ouse).
- To demonstrate the synergies between the two boat platforms
Demonstration of monitoring tools to show effectiveness of interventions
This WP will demonstrate that the tools developed for monitoring are appropriate for determining the effectiveness of interventions in improving water quality. Data from the WP will feed into the DSS, and assist in identifying appropriate interventions to improve water quality. Specifically, in Lake Garda an on-line monitored innovative integrated system for real combined sewer overflow (CSO) treatment will be assessed, while on the tributaries of the Thames (London) and in Norfolk a number of treatment systems will be used to demonstrate the tools can identify changes in water quality.Objectives
- Utilise a treatment system installed on a CSO at Lake Garda, and other systems for rural and urban pollution sources in the UK, to show the effectiveness of the monitoring tools.
- Evaluate the performance of the monitoring tools and strategies in assessing the effectiveness of interventions made to improve water quality, feeding back to the DSS and business development
Development and validation of water quality model and DSSObjectives
- To develop monitoring strategies for lakes on catchment scale based on water quality indicators and water quality modelling
- Application of all project monitoring strategies in the Lake Garda to detect and evaluate measures in the lake catchment
- Adaptation and application of the Decision Support System to urban London rivers test basin to expand it as an integrated software tool.
Data management system and visualization techniques
In WP7 an effective Information System (INTCATCH IS) will be applied to collect and redistribute the domain-relevant data. The data will originate from the standard sensors mounted on the boats (WP4), from new sensors integrated during the project (WP3), from weather forecast services, from third-party databases (e.g., those coming from the Water Information System for Europe ) and data collected from volunteer sampling campaigns. INTCATCH IS will integrate 2 pre-existing data storage systems: one specifically developed for data coming from sensors on boats or in CSOs and the other currently used to store data originating from biosensors and genomics laboratory. This data will flow into a cloud-based system to offer a homogeneous interface. Where applicable, the geographically referenced environmental data will take account of the common principles of the INSPIRE Directive.
- To design an integrated information system that hosts data originating from different sources.
- To provide this data through a clear interface and a set of core services to other software components (e.g., end-user applications, the Decision Support System, etc.) and to be open to future integrations.
- To develop (web and mobile) applications that visualize and interact with data originating from the integrated information system. This will align with the Data Management Plan and be tailored to the different users and needs described in WP2.
Transferability in demonstration catchments
- To demonstrate the versatility and transferability of the innovative INTCATCH 2020 SMART Water Quality monitoring and management system with potential end-users in two European catchments:
- River Ter (Spain)
Located in the north-eastern Catalonia, River Ter begin its course in the Pyrenees and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. It has a total length of 208 Km and a basin area of 3102 Km2, and it guarantees the water supply in the region of Girona as well as in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, among others.
During the INTCATCH project, the innovative monitoring strategy will be tested in the Upper part of the River Ter, covering at least a length of 40 Km from the location of Sant Joan de les Abadesses to the Sau reservoir. This Catalan area is characterized for its high agricultural activity, so the River Ter receives intensive pressures due to the livestock, which cause water pollution due to high contents of nutrients and dissolved organic matter. Other pressures affecting the good quality status of the Upper River Ter region are the urbanization and some industrial activities.
- Lake Yliki (Greece)
- River Ter (Spain)
- To evaluate the benefits of the INTCATCH2020 SMART Water Quality monitoring and management system compared to existing ones in real environments
Environmental and economic sustainability
WP9 sets the baseline for what the INTCATCH project will improve upon, in how monitoring is planned and executed, and also identifies the blockers to innovation at an early stage. These have already been captured from existing monitoring ‘problem holders’ such as regulators, but through the project we aim to widen the stakeholder engagement, creating a broader sounding board. LCA and LCC will show the environmental suitability and cost effectiveness of the developed technologies and benchmark the tools against existing ones.The developed technologies will be assessed as individual components and as integrated INTCATCH systems. WP9 will develop the foundations for the exploitation strategy (WP11), and provide feedback to the implementation WPs (WPs4-8) that are innovating the technologies, the DSS (WP2, WP6) and the dissemination activities (WP10). The WP leaders of the INTCATCH consortium gather the required info in the form of quantified indicatorsObjectives
- To consolidate and validate indicators for economic and environmental monitoring and assessment.
- Assess the environmental sustainability of the INTCATCH system to provide support to the exploitation and market strategy. The application of the LCA (T9.2) will evaluate the energy efficiency, in carbon and water footprints compared to the labour-intensive, monitoring schemes that are currently implemented.
- To demonstrate that the INTCATCH products are economically sustainable and are an attractive business perspective for potential investors. The application of LCC (T9.3) will assess the operational costs of the INTCATCH systems and will compare them with present sample collection and laboratory analysis approaches. The assessment of the INTCACH approach will identify the pathways and barriers to market uptake, linking into WP11. To prove that the INTCATCH products are economically sustainable and are an attractive business perspective for potential.
- To evaluate the factors influencing the economic value and sustainability of the INTCATCH products, giving feedback to the business plan and exploitation.
Dissemination, communication and training activities
The main goal of WP10 is to effectively disseminate the project’s objectives and findings to the identified target groups.
Several targets are set which include
- To promote the knowledge gained by the project to the identified target groups
- To provide adequate training to the end users of the innovative technologies
- To promote the uptake of the technology by the water industry and catchment stakeholders
- To develop common activities with other FP7 and H2020 ongoing projects
- To demonstrate the feasibility of the innovative technologies of INTCATCH to the water industry and catchment stakeholders
Exploitation of INTCATCH
To support the exploitation of INTCATCH through the creation and marketing of a franchised business that can be operated in any catchment or River Basin District across Europe and around the world
The objective is to ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in this work package