The Hellenic Integrated Marine Inland water Observing, Forecasting and offshore Technology System (HIMIOFoTS) is a national scale Research Infrastructure (RI) which includes integrated approaches in Marine observation and forecasting systems, coastal monitoring and an innovative Hydro-Environmental Monitoring and information Network. The infrastructure incorporates the following interrelated components:
- The Hellenic Integrated Marine Observing and Forecasting System (HIMOFS), a cluster of already-existing and under-implementation marine observing systems coupled with a full range of forecasting operational models. The overarching challenge is the creation of a solid and transparent organisation towards an operational service for the timely, continuous innovative observation and sustainable delivery of high quality environmental data, forecasting capabilities and information products related to the offshore and coastal environment of the East Mediterranean Sea
- The Open Hydrosystem Information Network - OpenHi.net, an integrated information infrastructure for the collection, management and free dissemination of hydrological and environmental information related to the inland waters of the country. It aims to establish a national network for real-time monitoring of the quantity and quality of surface water bodies, supported by IT applications for the management and dissemination of related information, as well as web services for various user groups (models for research and business application, forecasting systems, decision-making systems). Under this platform that focuses on inland water resources, existing measuring systems, currently operated by authorised organisations and individuals will be integrated, while new stations will be deployed by taking advantage of modern, low-cost data transfer technologies.
HIMIOFoTS will make a significant contribution to the Research and Development (RD&I) ecosystem since the observation systems and forecasting models will be upgraded to carry out advanced science through the adoption of cutting-edge marine technologies, innovative sensors and methodological approaches. The RI will further enhance the RD&I ecosystem through its implementation of EU policies such as MSFD (Marine Strategy Framework Directive), ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management), Horizon 2020 and WFD (Water Framework Directive).
Funded by: General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Ministry of Development, EPAnEK
Coordinator: Institute of Oceanography, HCMR
Partners: School of Civil Engineering, NTUA - Department of Oceanography and Marine Bioscience, University of Aegean – Chemistry Department - NKUA, Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable, National Observatory of Athens - Department of Agricultural Technology, University of Ioannina - Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens - Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, School of Naval Engineering, NTUA - Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters – HCMR
HIMIOFoTS web site: https://www.himiofots.gr