Earth Observation Systems creating products and knowledge for the Mediterranean


The volume of Marine Big Data has increased dramatically in latest years, as new marine observation systems become operational, multiple observing techniques are being deviced while Internet of Things and Social Networks offer vast, unexplored data sources with interest to marine scientists.


Focusing in the Mediterranean Sea, we may say that although many marine and maritime users could benefit from this data, only very few have the capacity to access these data files, retrieve the measured and/or forecasted parameters and make operational use by transforming them into meaningful information useful for their work and decision-making.

Professor Georgios Sylaios, Democritus University of Thrace


The Odyssea Project

ODYSSEA is an Horizon 2020 funded project, aiming to change this reality, bridging the gap between the operational oceanographic capacities and the need for information on marine conditions from the community of end-users, along both shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The project is organized around four pillars:


1. The Marinomica Platform, a novel, easy-to-use platform in which data from a wide range of existing platforms, networks and facilities will be collected, integrated, aggregated, exposed, and delivered to the final user;

2. The development and testing of new novel sensors integrated into already existing monitoring systems;

3. The ODYSSEA Operational Modeling suite, utilizing tools and interfaces for models’ coupling, data management, assimilation and data exchange with the central platform;

4. The well-defined services and products offered to a multitude of end-users.

Dive Deeper

NextGEOSS is collaborating with a wide range of organizations, projects and individuals in the Earth observation community. We are delighted to offer a more information about efforts and resources that are provided by and to this community. The people behind the Odyssea project including the Marinonomica platform will tell us more than can be read from websites and articles in the webinar "Earth Observation Systems Creating Products and Knowledge for the Mediterranean - The ODYSSEA Project" in our NextGEOSS webinar series. You will also learn how Odyssea links to other similar efforts in Europe, including to Digital Earth, Digital Twins and of course to NextGEOSS. Register and see the program etc by clicking on the link.


Updates September 2021

The program of the webinar with the presentations (click on item on the program):



1. Overview of the ODYSSEA Project, Prof Georgios SYLAIOS, Democritus University of Thrace

2. Introduction to Marinomica Platform, Simon Keeble, Blue Lobster IT

3. ODYSSEA Services and Products, Lőrinc Mészáros, Deltares

4. From ODYSSEA and NextGEOSS to ILIAD, Arne-Jørgen Berre, Sintef


Webinar recording

Earth observation systems creating products and knowledge for the Mediterranean WEBINAR


Watch the presentations in this recording (note the time code for each presentation in the description on YouTube)


Below you can read about the ODYSSEA experts.



Georgios Sylaios

Full Professor at the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Department of Environmental Engineering, Xanthi, Greece. He was the Department Chair in the period 2014-2016. At present he is the Director of the Laboratory of Ecological Engineering and Technology. He is physical oceanographer by training, with long experience in the coordination of European and nationally-funded research projects.

Simon Keeble

Technical Director at SME Blue Lobster IT Limited based in Wales, UK. Simon Has been working in software engineering for over 30 years with the last 15 years concentrating on big data systems and web / mobile interfaces and user interaction within the marine and environmental sciences sectors.

Lőrinc Mészáros

Lőrinc Mészáros is a researcher and advisor at Deltares (NL), Department of Data Science and Water Quality. Lőrinc focuses on marine and coastal information services and climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems using Earth Observation and data science tecniques. He has taken prominent data science and technology advisory roles in several EU funded projects in the past 5 years

Arne-Jørgen Berre

Arne-Jørgen is working with Digital Platforms and Systems Interoperability, with focus on Big Data and processing support for Analytics/AI/Machine Learning. Chief Scientist at SINTEF Digital, Department for Software and Service Innovation, Group for Smart Data. Innovation Director at Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation. Leader of BDVA (Big Data Value Association) TF6 Technical Priorities, GEMINI Center for Big Data with SINTEF, NTNU and UiO and SINTEF BigLearn on Big Data and Machine Learning.