CyanoAlert - Space Based Cyanobacteria Services for Danube Delta
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) pose a global environmental issue with reported impacts on local economies as well as human and animal health, affecting ecosystem services such as the availability of clean drinking water, fisheries and recreation. Exploiting satellite data archives has offered in recent years the unprecedented opportunity to monitor HABs in aquatic systems at high frequency and, thus, provide new insight into the ecological status of many vulnerable ecosystems globally. Over the past 20 years, in-depth studies on the presence and distribution of risk areas exposed to algal blooms have been carried out in the Danube Delta. Using this wealth of information, the H2020 CyanoAlert project (2016-2020) is developing a fully automated application for assessing potentially toxin-producing cyanobacteria blooms in water resources in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) and globally. The on-going project exploits satellite data (mainly Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-2) provided by the Copernicus space component to deliver an innovative service of satellite-based assessments of cyanobacteria blooms, aiming to support, complement and add value to existing water monitoring activities in DDBR. The project consortium consists of three service development and implementation partners (Brockmann Geomatics (Sweden), Brockmann Consult (Germany), Odermatt & Brockmann (Switzerland)) and three user partners, who are potential customers of the service after the project period and include a public government authority (The Information Office for the Baltic Sea (Sweden)), and two research institutes linked to routine monitoring programs and laboratory analysis (Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy) and Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (Romania)).