Through the implementation of real-time monitoring systems of the marine processes, complemented by numerical applications providing predictions on the future behaviour of the sea, we are helping to improve safety and efficiency in all sectors of the maritime and coastal economy.

Observe and predict sea and coastline behaviour

In addition, we contribute towards more adequate management and evaluation of the impact of human action on the environment and help ease the effects of accidental events.

We work in four lines:

Multi-platform coastal observatory development

We develop open data and interoperable systems that integrate coastal observation systems (buoys, stations, HF radars, satellite products…) as well as advanced numerical models and procedures for information processing. The latter supply various products and services with key applications for the blue economic sectors and for sustainable management of the marine resources.

Coastal hazards-oriented forecasting

We work on the implementation and assessment of methods and tools for management of specific coastal hazards: extreme ocean-meteorological events, coastal erosion and morphological changes, maritime safety, search and rescue, port operations at offshore renewable marine energy or aquaculture installations, pollution events, location studies, etc.

Fisheries-oriented forecasting

In order to contribute to environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially sustainable fishing, we study and develop tools for the analysis and modelling of the influence of oceanic-climatological factors in the distribution and abundance of fish.

We generate knowledge and products based on operational oceanography that could be transferred to the fishing fleet through general recommendations, studying distribution patterns and fishing activity or species distribution maps for more detailed and specific decisions.

Coastal monitoring services

Agreed, integrated and sustainable management of the natural coastal heritage requires improving knowledge of complex processes which regulate it, including interaction between anthropogenic activity and environment conditions.

We have developed a videometry system and numerical tools that help those responsible for managing the coastline to improve the safety and services in the sand areas and, in the long term, to anticipate how to make progress with regard to sea level rises due to climate change.