FerryBox: from on-line oceanographic observations to environmental information. EU Project FerryBox 2002–2005
Petersen, W., Colijn, F., Hydes, D. and Schroeder, F. (2007) FerryBox: from on-line oceanographic observations to environmental information. EU Project FerryBox 2002–2005. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, EuroGOOS, 36pp. (EuroGOOS Publication, (25) ).
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The EU Science Framework 5 funded the highly
successful project “FerryBox” from 2002 to 2005.
The project enabled the cooperation of 11 organisations
and established the coordinated use of
commercial ferry ships for the collection of scientific
data. This has been an important step towards
achieving the cost-effective extension of the
European marine observational and reporting
network envisioned in the EuroGOOS concept.
The 11 partners operated on 9 shipping routes
around Europe, from the eastern Mediterranean to
the Baltic. Four core parameters were measured on
all the routes, alongside other route-specific
measurements. Common data quality control and
archiving procedures were adopted, and the data
from the project period are available from BODC.
Technologically the project was successful in:
i) Establishing the operational use of FerryBox
ii) Validating the systems with respect to operability,
reliability, and long-term stability
iii) Evaluating commercially available versions of
the four core sensors for temperature, salinity,
turbidity, and chlorophyll a fluorescence
iv) Proving the scientific value of enhanced
FerryBox systems for observations of currents
and sediment transport (ADCP), pH, oxygen,
nutrients and algal species.
Quality control of the data was a key issue. The
different sensors were assessed in such a way that
reliable comparisons between the data sets are
The scientific value of the detailed near-continuous
observations possible with FerryBox systems was
proved in studies which:
i) Improved knowledge of the transport of water,
particularly in the North Sea and into the
ii) Provided a coordinated view of eutrophication
and plankton productivity across national
iii)Used the advanced technology to determine the
transport of sediments over long and short
spatial and temporal scales
iv)Validated the benefits of regular FerryBox
measurements, improving the numerical model
through data assimilation and calibration.
v) Demonstrated the mutual benefit of linking
remote sensing (satellite) observations with
more direct FerryBox measurements.
Throughout the EU FerryBox project the
experience was that the costs for the procurement
of instrumentation and the sensors and installation
costs were relatively low. Standard components are
used along with infrastructure already present on
the ships (e.g. cable channels, water and energy
supplies). The typical investment costs start in the
range of 50 000 EUR for fitting the four core
sensors and data logging and transmission systems,
and then increase as extra sensors are added.
Educational outreach installations in the passenger
areas cost around 5000–10000 EUR. Operational
costs of FerryBox systems need to cover the
• servicing and maintenance
• calibration and referencing
• system operation and control
• data quality control
• pre- and post-processing
• archiving up to the stage “ready to use for applications”.
The main cost factor is personnel. For the FerryBox
project this amounted to 3 to 4 person
|Item Type:||Monograph (Other)|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
|Date Deposited:||11 Feb 2008|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 12:30|
|Contributors:||Petersen, W. (Author)
Colijn, F. (Author)
Hydes, D. (Author)
Schroeder, F. (Author)
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