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Paper title Introduction to the Copernicus Assisted Lake Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service - WQeMS
  1. Ioannis Manakos Centre for Research and Technology Hellas Speaker
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  • A7. Hydrology and Water Cycle
    • A7.06 EO for monitoring water quality and ecological status in inland waters
Abstract text WQeMS is a consortium of 11 partners spread all over Europe: Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) (Spain), EOMAP GMBH & CO KG (EOMAP ) (Germany), Cetaqua, Centro Tecnológico del Agua, Fundación Privada ( CETAQUA) (Spain), Autorita' Di Bacino Distrettuale Delle Alpi Orientali ( AAWA ) (Italy), Serco Italia SpA (SERCO) (Italy), Thessaloniki Water Supply and Sewerage Company SA (EYATH SA) (Greece), Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A (ENG) (Italy), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) (Finland), Phoebe Research and Innovation Ltd (PHOEBE) (Cyprus), Empresa Municipal de Agua y Saneamiento de Murcia, S.A ( EMUASA) (Spain). These organizations cooperate to offer cutting-edge EO technology by creating the ‘Copernicus Assisted Lake Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service’ (WQeMS) Research and Innovation Action H2020 project. WQeMS aims to provide an open surface Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service ( to the water utilities’ industry leveraging on the Copernicus products and services. Target is the optimization of the use of resources by gaining access to frequently acquired, wide covering and locally accurate water-status information. Citizens will gain a deeper insight and confidence for selected key quality elements of the ‘water we drink’, while enjoying a friendlier environmental footprint.
There are four services offered by WQeMS. Two services are related to slow developing phenomena, such as geogenic or anthropogenic release of potentially polluting elements through the bedrock or pollutants’ leaching in the underground aquifer through human activities. The other two services are related to fast developing phenomena, such as floods spilling debris and mud or chemicals/ oils spills or algal bloom and potential release of toxins by cyanobacteria at a short time interval bringing sanitation utilities at the edge of their performance capacity. Furthermore, an alerting module is being developed that will deliver alerts about incidents, derived from the WQeMS and Twitter data harvesting module, while a training set of activities will allow users and end-users to gain insight and familiarity with Copernicus Services and the ability to understand and use the functionality of the WQeMS.
The WQeMS system will enable the optimization of the use of resources by gaining access to frequently acquired, wide covering and locally accurate water-status information. WQeMS will generate knowledge that shall support existing decision support systems (DSSs) in a syntactically and semantically interoperable manner. A wide set of parameters will be provided that are useful for the quality assessment of raw drinking water, as captured by existing and emerging requirements of the water utilities industry. It will be based on a modular architecture composed of three main layers: frontend, middleware and backend. Adding to the aforementioned, it will promote further alignment of existing decision support and implementation chains with the updated Drinking and Water Framework Directives.
WqeMS relies on the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (e.g. DIAS ONDA) for data provision; aiming also at connection with further exploitation platforms. The overall system will be hosted on the ONDA DIAS Cloud infrastructure and will be designed as a microservice, container-based architecture. The cloud nature of the platform, together with the microservice architecture of the solution, provide multiple benefits to the critical objective of the current project, such as (i) Data availability, (ii) Fault Tolerance, (iii) Data Interoperability and (iv) Scalability. The decision to host WQeMS on ONDA will allow having location-based applications taking advantage of proximity of the data.
The objective is to generate an outcome at the end of the project that best suits the interests of the users and citizens, while also enabling compatibility, synergy and complementarity with existing infrastructure and services. Main ambition is to receive approval by the Member States to be embedded in the existing Copernicus Services portfolio. Activities and results are expected to contribute to Europe's endeavors towards GEO and its priorities in the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. WQeMS components, structure and progress are presented and discussed.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action program under Grant Agreement No 101004157