SenseOCEAN hosted a stand at the Bioeconomy village on 16-17th November in Brussels, part of a wider event organised by the European Commission, the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info Week. The aim of the Bioeconomy village was to highlight successful EU funded projects and initiatives on bioeconomy.

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Euronews have released a video and article on their website that features some of the work done during the SenseOCEAN project. The video looks at sensor use in farming, horticulture and finally, the sea. Go to the link below to view the video and read the accompanying article.

The final SenseOCEAN brochure outlining highlights of the project is now available. Click on the image below to download.

As a direct result of the SenseOCEAN project, one of our SMEs, Unisense, has brought a new product to the market, the Field DataLogger Mini.

The Field DataLogger Mini enables the use of all Unisense sensors in situ and can be integrated with many external platforms. Sensors are easily connected and it is... more

The SenseOCEAN project has made many technological advances during the last 4 years - a few of the major highlights (updated 13th November 2017) are shown in the flyer below (to download, click on the image).

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‘A New Era of Blue Enlightenment’ was the title of the recent European Commission event held in Lisbon, Portugal to celebrate the launch of the South Atlantic Flagship initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa. The initiative aims to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and to increase scientific knowledge of the interrelations between the oceans and (i) climate change, (ii)... more

The SenseOCEAN project held its 4th, and sadly final, annual meeting in Castelldefels, Spain at the end of June 2017. It was an opportunity to focus on the achievements of the project over the last four years, as well as the work to be done in the few remaining months.

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As reported in an earlier news article, several SenseOCEAN sensors were integrated onto a PROVOR float and deployed for a week in the Mediterranean Sea during May 2017. The video below shows preparations for the float deployment and the float being launched.

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Doug Connelly presented the SenseOCEAN project to a mixed industry/academic audience at an event organized by the EU H2020 funded COLUMBUS project. The event was hosted by SmartBay at Dublin City University on 24th May 2017.

The aim of the COLUMBUS project is to capitalize on the European... more

Trials of a multi sensor suite developed by the SenseOCEAN project on a free-floating device were carried out off the coast of Villefranche sur Mer at the beginning of May. The multi sensor suite consisting of optode sensors (for pH and O2), an electrochemical sensor (Si) and a lab-on-chip sensor (NO3) was mounted on a PROVOR float and deployed in the Mediterranean Sea for a week.... more

In preparation for a deployment of a PROVOR float integrated with a SenseOCEAN sensor package (containing electrochemical, lab-on-chip and optode sensors), nke Instrumentation have been carrying out preliminary testing in a freshwater quarry. The deployment will be carried out in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of... more

Four SenseOCEAN partners, Chelsea Technologies Group, nke instrumentation, TU Graz and the National Oceanography Centre, came together in December in Southampton to carry out real time testing of the Modbus - EMAP iridium module with the optode and lab-on-chip sensors in the Southampton docks.

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The independent judging panel of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge awarded an Honorable Mention for Innovation and Potential to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) team for their lab-on-chip (LOC) nitrate and phosphate sensors. The award was announced on 2nd March 2017 at a special session during the ASLO meeting in Hawaii.

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Potter Cove (Image courtesy of Ralf Hoffman)

During the KGI 16/17-Expedition of Ralf Hoffmann, Moritz Holtappels, Elisa Merz and Christopher Nowak to the Potter Cove (... more

This initial SenseOCEAN policy brief outlines the contribution that the SenseOCEAN project will make towards monitoring the achievement of the UN Sustainable Goal 14 objectives. It highlights some of the challenges faced in trying to conserve and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources and the sensors being developed by SenseOCEAN to monitor progress in these areas.

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The Ocean of Tomorrow newsletter is now available for download here.

Twelve projects were funded under the European Union FP7 funded Ocean of Tomorrow 2013 call. The newsletter contains updates from eight of the projects related to innovative multifunctional sensors and biosensors, including SenseOCEAN.


A new article assessing a chemical free, ecologically friendly method for antibiofouling has been published in Letters in Applied Microbiology. The work was partly supported by the SenseOCEAN project as part of the biofouling protection work in the project. Without a suitable antibiofouling method, the long term reliable deployment of marine sensors will always be limited despite other advances (e.g. in power... more

In September, the SenseOCEAN project came together for 10 days at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany to have a joint testing and calibration session. The aims were to test the individual sensor’s performance against each other (as well as calibrating against laboratory based measurements) and to test the integration of the sensors with the Modbus1 interface unit.

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A multi-optode-profiler carrying 18 O2 optodes separated in 3 revolver magazines allowing a successive use of the sensors during the deployment was successfully tested at the Arctic deep sea seafloor (RV Polarstern expedition PS 99.2). The new sensor system is mounted on a mobile autonomous crawler... more

The SenseOCEAN team is getting ready for a 10-day joint testing program in Kiel, Germany to be held in September. All the sensor types developed by the project will be part of the program; optode and optical sensors, lab on chip sensors, miniaturized electrochemical cell sensors and electrochemical microsensors.

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Doug Connelly, our SenseOCEAN coordinator presented at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) held from 23rd-27th July 2016 in Manchester, UK. His talk on how our sensors address issues in the marine strategy framework directive and how we plan to commercialise the sensors was well attended by 40-50 people. There were representatives from the European Commission, UK government (BIS), the... more

Doug Connelly, the SenseOCEAN coordinator will co-chair a session on 'Next generation biological and chemical sensors for ocean observations' at the next AGU Fall Meeting to be held in San Francisco, USA from 12-16th December 2016.

Matt Mowlem, who coordinates the 'core technologies' work within SenseOCEAN... more

During the first week of June, 2016, SenseOCEAN investigators Sergey Borisov the from Graz Institute of Technology, and Emilio Garcia-Robledo and Niels Peter Revsbech from Aarhus University tested their newly developed sensors in the marine waters of Limfjorden, Denmark. The optodes were tested for long-term monitoring of pH and CO2 in the coastal... more

Researchers at Aarhus University have developed a new type of electrochemical microsensor for CO2 as part of the SenseOCEAN project. Usually both optical and electrochemical CO2 sensors are based on a change in pH when CO2 diffuses through an ion-impermeable membrane and into a buffer contained within the sensor, but this sensor reduces CO2 to oxalate resulting in a... more

Alexandra Kokkinaki from the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) gave an oral presentation as part of the ‘Informatics in Oceanography and Ocean Science’ session (ESSI1.1) at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna. The session focused on several aspects of the topic including information systems in oceanography and interoperability; key... more

SenseOCEAN and several other Ocean of Tomorrow projects: BRAVOO, COMMON SENSE, EnviGuard, MariaBox, SEA-on-a-CHIP and SMS, were present at Oceanology International 2016 with a stand showcasing the latest developments from the projects. Along with information on all the projects and many of the new sensors, the stand also had a water tank where sensors from NeXOS, SCHeMA, COMMON SENSE, MariaBox and SMS were... more

Alexandra Kokkinaki from the SenseOCEAN project participated in the Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Workshop held during Oceanology International 2016. She gave a presentation on ‘The Importance of Controlled Vocabularies and progress on the SenseOCEAN project’.

The workshop was organised by the EU-Eurofleets II... more

SenseOCEAN will be at the Oceanology International exhibition and conference to be held from 15-17 March 2016 in London, UK (see OI website for further details).

SenseOCEAN is collaborating with other 'Ocean of Tomorrow'* projects to showcase some of... more

SenseOCEAN scientists will be presenting some of their latest developments at the next ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting that will be held from 21st-26th February 2016 in New Orleans, US.

Max Grand from Southampton University, Ivan Romanytsia from LEGOS/CNRS and Geraldine Turner from the... more

A team from the University of Technology Graz (Christoph Staudinger, Eva Fritzsche PhD students) successfully participated in the field trip ‘PROSID2014-Propagation of the saltwater inflow from December 2014 ’ with the R/V Salme in the Northern Baltic Sea. They carried out several... more

In a unique opportunity to test the Lab-On-Chip (LOC) phosphate sensor under extreme conditions, one of our SenseOCEAN researchers, Dr. Max Grand will enlist the help of French sailor, Nicolas Boidevézi, competing in one of France’s most challenging offshore sailing races, the Vendée Globe.... more

Christoph Staudinger and Eva Fritzsche (PhD students from University of Technology, Graz) will participate in the field trip 'PROSID2014 - Propagation of the saltwater inflow from December 2014’. This cruise will take place in the northern Baltic Sea from 21st-28th October 2015 aboard the R/V Salme. The aim is to make a detailed study of the recent Major Baltic Inflow (MBI) to the Gotland... more

SenseOCEAN held their 2nd Annual Meeting at the beginning of October. The two day meeting was hosted by SenseOCEAN partner CNRS-LEGOS in Toulouse, France. Carole Barus and Veronique Garcon from CNRS-LEGOS ensured great hospitality and smooth running of the event. The purpose of the annual meeting is to review progress of all the work packages and ensure plans are in place for the work to be done in... more

The EUROPT(R)ODE XIII Conference will be held in Graz, Austria from 20th-23rd March 2016. Full details can be found on their wesbite at and a flyer can be downloaded here.

Justin Buck (senior data scientist, British Oceanographic Data Centre) presented a poster on SenseOcean work at the 9th GEO European Projects Workshop held in Copenhagen on 15-16th June 2015. The Group for Earth Observations (GEO) is a voluntary organisation that brokers interdisciplinary environmental observations enabling increased data uptake by science, industry and the general public. The data is... more

SenseOCEAN scientists Dr Doug Connelly and Prof. Eric Achterberg attended an International Sensors Summer School organized by the IOCCP (International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project) where they ran a half day session on ‘Emerging technologies: benchtop and deployable’.

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SenseOCEAN scientists will be presenting some early results of their research at the 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences in Granada, Spain from 22-25 February. They will participate in a session called ‘Next Generation in situ sensors for aquatic systems’. This is a joint session convened by SenseOCEAN and the three other projects funded under the European Commission FP7 OCEAN 2013.2 call (SCHeMA, NeXUS and COMMONSENSE). Thirty-six abstracts were received for the session.

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