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MONOCLE hosted a series of webinars to share and discuss current challenges and opportunities (e.g. new sensors, platforms, and sustainable service concept). The webinars were recorded and are available to watch below. They include short presentations from leading scientists in each topic area followed by a panel discussion / Q&A.

1. Optical monitoring of the aquatic environment: future challenges and opportunities
Friday 25th May 2018

In this webinar, leading scientists from the H2020-MONOCLE and H2020-HYPERNETS projects shared their plans for sensor innovation to bridge existing gaps between satellite observation and in situ measurements. Highlights from the MONOCLE water quality monitoring survey are shown and the webinar concludes with a Q&A session.

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2. Citizen science, Earth Observation and the future of integrated environmental monitoring

Monday 11th June 2018


In this webinar we cover the state of the art on the following issues, including insights coming fresh from the ECSA Conference 2018:


  • Complementarity of traditional earth observation and citizen science and requirements for advanced visualisation tools
  • Citizen-engagement impact on policy makers and how this can lead to better monitoring of water quality
  • Supporting technologies to maximise the potential contributions of human participants in citizen science  to earth observation of water quality
  • Potential impacts of remote-sensing data to notify citizens about water quality and environmental change 
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The overarching aim of MONOCLE is to develop sensors and tools to link satellite and in situ observations of optical water quality. There is a particularly strong need to expand the in situ observation network in coastal, transitional and inland waters, so that validation and improvements of satellite observations can be made in near real-time. In turn, validated satellite observations must be made available to limnologists and oceanographers, management authorities and policy makers and the wider public to provide wide spatiotemporal coverage of optical water quality.
Participatory mechanisms have great potential to expand the spatial coverage of the in situ reference observations at low cost. A number of projects have already proven successful in engaging citizen scientists with water colour and water transparency measurements, and water quality in general. MONOCLE aims to extend such initiatives with smartphone-enabled and self-build sensors, while exploring the integration of the resultant data in satellite data processing streams. It is foreseen that overall cost-efficiency of water quality monitoring can be improved via greater interoperability of sensors and data, and by developing mechanisms to include citizen-operated sensors in network-wide sensor calibration. 

3. Sustainability of future environmental observation networks
Wednesday 24 October 2018

The third webinar in this series addressed sustainability of environmental monitoring networks, in particular hybrid services of in situ and satellite observation networks. How do we safeguard long-term measurement series while sensor technology continues to improve? How should data collection be funded to be sustainable? How should a multi-scale observation network feed into regional and global reporting strategies?

For this seminar, invited speakers/panellists include MONOCLE Expert Advisory Board members Debbie Chapman (University College Cork and UN Environment GEMS/Water), Henrik Steen Andersen (European Environment Agency) and Steve Greb (GEO Aquawatch, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and MONOCLE contributors Kathrin Poser (Water Insight, WP5 lead) and Oliver Clements (PML)..

This webinar is in partnership with GEO Aquawatch.
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