The EMSODEV project is funded by the European Commission under the European Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project launches the operations of EMSO (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water-Column Observatory), a European research infrastructure at continental level in the sector of environmental sciences.
The European EMSO ERIC consortium, which operates the EMSO infrastructure with the aim of actively promoting European scientific research on the deep marine environment, involves ten countries: Italy, which acts as coordinator, Spain, France, Romania, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.
EMSO currently has 11 marine observers 4 sites for shallow water tests dedicated to long-term monitoring of environmental processes affecting the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere and their interactions in the deep sea with data transfer to land also in real time. The observers, stationed in European waters from the Arctic to the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, form a continental-level infrastructure at the service of the international scientific community.
EMSODEV represents a significant phase in the process of building EMSO and has as its main objective the development and installation in EMSO observatories of a new multidisciplinary monitoring module called EGIM (EMSO Generic Instrument Module). EGIM comprises a series of sensors and devices which render large part of the data acquired by the various observers homogeneous, thus facilitating their comparison. The data are thus maintained and made accessible in a unified way in order to create services and products that can be used by a wide audience of users. Not only that, when in full operation, EGIM will be a product that can also be used by other research centres, and also concerns other industrial sectors.