Objectives of the EU-Project "FerryBox"
The overall objective of FerryBox has been to show that ship born instrumentation can cost effectively deliver information of immediate scientific value and help to solve environmental problems, and that FerryBox systems provide a reliable instrument for efficient monitoring and management in European waters.
The FerryBox systems consist of a fully automated flow-through system with sensors and automatic analysers for the measurement of physical, biological and chemical parameters, which uses ferryboats and other ships of opportunity as the carrier system. The data can be assimilated into prognostic numerical models to improve their accuracy. Finally, it can be concluded that such FerryBox systems offer potentials for a wider European contribution to GOOS, with incorporation of European sensor and information technology.