what is SmartLagoon and what we do

Who we are

SmartLagoon is a project based on the importance of building a systemic understanding of the socio-environmental interrelationships that affect coastal lagoons and their ecosystem to increase local and citywide awareness of environmental impacts.
Is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program that aims to monitor and analyze the lagoon environment of the Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain to predict socio-environmental evolution in highly anthropized coastal lagoons. You can read more details about us and our project on this dedicated page.

Who are the partners and what are their tasks?

The project partners are European universities and companies whose researches and expertise will enable the development of digital tools that are fundamental to the success of the project:

UCAM – Fundación Universitaria San Antonio de Murcia, Spain

UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia is a private university founded in 1996 with a mission to train students with the knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion of human knowledge through research as an integral part the development of man and mankind.
Work Plan
Coordination through ethical requirements, risk management plan, project  management activities and reports on results.

UPV – Universitat Politècnica De València, Spain

The Universitat Politècnica de València was founded in 1968 and is a public, dynamic and innovative institution dedicated to research and teaching that, while maintaining strong bonds with the social environment in which it carries out its activities, advocates for a solid presence abroad.
Work Plan
Data management and collection plan with efficient sensing through IoT infrastructure prototypes and a platform for social sensor and citizen science tools. Creation of an operational digital twin with web application for decision making and people awareness.

Vielca Ingenieros Sa, Spain

Vielca Ingenieros was founded in March 1990 in Valencia  that is firmly established in the field of engineering, consulting and architecture, and has been involved in activities in the field of urban planning, environment, architecture, industrial warehouses, water treatment plants, sanitation facilities, schools, nursing homes, resorts and service stations and electromechanical facilities.

Work Plan

Produce reports on publicly available socio-environmental variables through the implementation of a public participation plan. Technical summary of environmental, economic, social, and legislative conditions and constraints in the Mar Menor region. Description of policies and associated scenarios for water pollution control and flood mitigation measures.

Wateritech Aps, Denmark
WaterITech is a Danish-based SME, which was founded in 2019 as a spin-out  company from Aarhus University. WaterITech focus on solving world-wide issues relating to freshwater resources, based on state-of-the-art sensor and modelling technologies.

Work Plan
Track stakeholder needs. 

Development of the digital twin of the policy-making process through an operational short-term forecasting portal for watersheds and lagoon dynamics. This will be accomplished by analyzing and interpreting data from multiple sources across these complex socio-environmental systems.

Alma Mater Studiorum – Bologna University, Italy
The origins of the University of Bologna date back to 1088, and it is considered the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names in science and literature, and it is a keystone and point of reference for European culture. In specific, the Department of Computer Science intends not only to pursue excellence in scientific and technological research in computer science, consolidate and expand the activities of technology transfer to local authorities, local businesses, public administration, but also to deal with activities of scientific dissemination.
Work Plan
Organization and analysis of citizen engagement activities, collaboration, definition of a plan for communication, dissemination and exploitation through website design, a digital content strategy and press office over the long term, impact reports and return of results.

Photrack Ag, Switzerland
Photrack was founded as a spin-off of the ETH in January 2012 by Dr. Beat Lüthi. Beat Lüthi was associated with IfU, the Institute for Environmental Engineering at ETH Zürich. The hydromechanics group specializes in turbulent flows and 3D particle tracking velocimetry.

Over the past years, Photrack has developed, in collaboration with the Hydrological Section of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), a fully automated webcam-based river flow measurement system, and thanks to the FOEN, ETH, Hydrosolution and the SDC, the system can also be used with smartphones.
Work Plan
It is responsible for implementing an innovation management plan, creating a prototype of sensing technologies based on video processing and photo products on a web portal operational through the use of DischargeApp, a smartphone application using SSIV methodology that provides rapid and accurate measurements of water level water level and volumetric flow or runoff in rivers and canals. It is connected to a cloud-based database that can be accessed via a web application.

Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
Uppsala University, founded in 1477, was the first university in Scandinavia. Their mission is to gain and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of humankind and for a better world contributing to development and innovation at local and national levels and is an active participant in the search for sustainable social development.
Work Plan
Innovative modelling of environmental processes with Develop a monitoring buoy that will first be tested at Lake

Erken and then deployed in the Mar Menor. This buoy will be designed to provide data compatible with that already collected at Lake Erken and therefore, support parallel modeling activities at the two sites.

NIVA – Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading institute for fundamental and applied research on marine and freshwaters.
The researches comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. They combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.
Work Plan
It will be responsible for modeling socio-environmental dynamics through a conceptual sustainability report of the Mar Menor region as a participatory system dynamic.

Two end-user workshops will be conducted to identify stakeholder expectations, desires and needs related to the forecasting portal. 

The Ministry of Finance’s advisory office will help facilitate the workshops and collect and document stakeholder input. End users will also be able to provide additional input throughout the project through online communication.

Pathfinder Projects

SmartLagoon is one of the five projects part of the Pathfinder FET Proactive projects -EIC-08-2020, which intends to develop an Environmental Intelligence System, whose goal is to build a systemic understanding of socio-environmental interrelationships, to regulate or design policies and incentives for environmental sustainability and to monitor their effectiveness over time and provide intelligible options to regulate them. In addition, the call is designed as a joint initiative in the creation of a European strategy for the environmental intelligence system.
The project teams will also collaborate in order to minimise duplication of effort, share best practices and technology (where appropriate) and ensure their joint impact is greater than the simple sum of individual projects.
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