i-WaveNET - Implementazione di un sistema innovativo di monitoraggio dello stato del mare in scenari di cambiamento climatico

Project in Numbers

Duration: 30 mesi

Start Date: 09.11.2020

End Date: 08.05.2023

Partner N.: 7

Project progress:

Total Budget:: 1.640.000,00 €
ERDF Contribution of which: 1.394.000,00 €

The i-WaveNET project aims to create an innovative network of sea state observation based on the integration of different technologies, such as HF-radar, seismic sensors, sea level sensors, wave buoys, weather stations.

Thanks to the project, the existing network of weather sensors and HF-Radar systems will be integrated with new installations at strategic points in the cross-border area.

The data from the installation of the new instruments will be compared and made homogeneous in order to develop a Decisions Supporting System (DSS).

This system will allow stakeholders (local and national authorities) to take the strategic decisions necessary for the mitigation of coastal risk linked to potentially catastrophic extreme events in the Area of the Strait of Sicily.

Expected Results:
3,000 sq km of area covered by the implemented measurement networks;
5,000 sq km of area covered by the integrated monitoring system;
5,000 sq km of domain area of the DSS system, which can be consulted by the territorial authorities via web-gis interface.

Due to climate change, extreme weather-marine events that cause disasters have also intensified in the Strait of Sicily, thus raising the level of risk coming from the sea.

The data of the various sea state detection networks currently in operation, both for those near the southern coast of Sicily and for those located near the coasts of Malta, are not exhaustive.

The   project therefore aims to carry out a cross-border system action useful to mitigate coastal risk.


The project activities will carry out

-3,000 sq km of surface on which a highly integrated instrumentation network will be created through new installations and through the upgrade of the existing CODAR HF system for the upgrading of the WERA radar system at Capo Granitola
-3,000 kmq covered by a processing data and a calibration of the measuring systems
-5,000 sq km covered by measurement and recording of data that will constitute a homogeneous dataset over time and space
-5,000 sq km covered by a dataset on the state of the sea modelled on a regular grid
-5,000 sq km covered by a real-time monitoring system of the physical state of the sea
-5,000 sq km covered by a Decisions Supporting System (DSS) consisting of a computer platform designed in order to elaborate information on weather-marine parameters to support specific activities, such as: environmental monitoring, maritime safety, surveillance for civil and maritime protection purposes

Project Lead Partner:

Università degli Studi di Palermo - Dipartimento di Ingegneria

Project Partners:

Università degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali (DSBGA) / Sezione di Scienze della Terra

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Osservatorio Etneo – Sezione di Catania (INGV-CT)

Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - Centro nazionale per la caratterizzazione ambientale e la protezione della fascia costiera, la climatologia marina e l’oceanografia operativa - Servizio per la gestione della piattaforma territoriale di Palermo

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Dipartimento Scienze del Sistema Terra e tecnologie per l’ambiente – Istituto per lo studio degli impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in ambiente marino (IAS)

University of Malta - Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science

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