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Projects - AQUAGIS-Mon – Autonomous robotic platform for surface water bodies monitoring

The R&D Project aims to development an autonomous catamaran vessel for surface water monitoring, configurable enough to deal specifically with the Water Framework Directive (WFD) monitoring requirements (European Commission, 2003) established in the European River Basin Management Plans (RBMP).

Since the fixed monitoring sites can only offer a restricted sampling of the water body conditions, we have developed an innovative autonomous robotic vessel capable to observe and measure water quality and hydromorphological elements on rivers, estuaries and reservoirs. This platform was conceived to be used in narrow (a few meters) to large systems and in a variety of depths, having the ability to monitor obstacles and handles sharp bathymetric, geometric and hydrodynamic variations.

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