TRIDENT aims to contribute to the sustainable exploitation of seabed mineral resources, by developing a reliable, transparent and cost-effective system for prediction and continuous environmental impact monitoring of exploration and exploitation activities in the deep sea. This system will develop and integrate technology and novel solutions to operate autonomously in remote areas under extreme conditions, and provide real-time data to permitting and supervising authorities. The effective monitoring and inspection system to be developed will comply with international and national legal frameworks. TRIDENT will identify all relevant physical, chemical, geological and biological parameters to be measured at the sea surface, mid-water and seabed. The project will also identify gaps in existing data sets and develop solutions to address them. These are essential steps to develop statistically robust environmental baselines, establish reliable indicators of good environmental status and define thresholds for significant impact, enabling the standardization of tools and methods. The project consortium will subsequently develop and test an integrated system of static and mobile observatory platforms equipped with the latest automatic sensors and samplers to measure environmental parameters on mining and reference areas at representative spatial and temporal scales. To support quick actions for preventing serious harm to the environment, the system will implement high-capacity data handling pipelines able to collect, transmit, process and display monitoring data in near real-time. Finally, we will provide technological and systemic solutions for forecasting potential environmental impacts by using the developed monitoring and mitigation methods.

Project Designation:   TRIDENT - HORIZON-CL4-2022-RESILIENCE-01-02 — Monitoring and supervising system for exploration and future exploitation activities in the deep sea (RIA)
Program:   Horizon Europe
Start Date:   01/01/2023
End Date:   31/12/2027
Total Budget:   11 845 429,48 €
Funding:   11 845 429,48 €
ARDITI budget:   26 306,00 €
ARDITI funding:   26 306,00 €
Coordinator:   INESC TEC

INESC TEC; Agora P.S.V.D.; Alseamar; ARDITI; Cintal; Stichting Deltares European Multidisciplinary Seafloorand Water; Column Observatory - European Research Infrastructure Consortium (Emso Eric); Emepc; Forum Oceano - Associacao Da Economia Do Mar; Greenov-Ites; Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera IP; La Palma Research Centre Sl; Marine Institute; National Oceanography Centre; Norce Norwegian Research Centre as Consorcio para El Diseño, Construcción; Equipamiento Y Explotación de la Plataforma Oceanica de Canarias; The Queen's University Of Belfast; University Of Limerick; Universidad Politecnica De Madrid; University College Cork - National University Of Ireland, Cork; Wsense Srl; Hr Wallingford Limited; Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas; Mercator Ocean; Time.Lex; Global E-Sustainability Initiative.

flag_yellow_low.jpg   This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 101091959.
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