The HIGHROC project

Project summary

The HIGHROC (HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour) project will carry out the research and development necessary for the next generation coastal water products and services from ocean colour space-borne data by giving an order of magnitude improvement in both temporal and spatial resolution. These improvements will both open up new application areas for remote sensing, such as the assessment/monitoring of environmental impacts from dredging and offshore construction, and will strengthening existing applications, such as the assessment and monitoring of water quality in the context of the European Union Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives.

High temporal resolution (SEVIRI: 15 mins)

seviri timeseries
Turbidity measurements on 15.4.2008 at Warp in the Southern North Sea made by satellite (SEVIRI: black dots; MODIS-AQUA: single pink dot) and the CEFAS in-water “Smartbuoy” sensor (blue dots). SEVIRI captures the tidal signal. For more details see: [Neukermans et al. , 2012, © Elsevier] .

High spatial resolution (Sentinel-2: 10m)

landsat8 images
Landsat-8 imagery (30m resolution) of London Array wind farm showing sediment wakes behind wind turbine monopiles (left: RGB top of atmosphere; right: Suspended Particulate Matter concentration) . For more details see: [Vanhellemont Q. & Ruddick K. , 2014, © Elsevier].

HIGHROC project duration:

Jan 2014 – Dec 2017

HIGHROC consortium:

RBINS (coordinator), UMPC, NIVA, BC, VITO, CEFAS

HIGHROC brochures:

Version 1 (PDF, 1MB)

Version 2 (PDF, 2.5MB)

HIGHROC Final Report: (PDF, 1.7MB)