Main purposes of the BONUS GEOILWATCH project


  1. To provide reliable information for the monitoring of oil spill pollution and shipping from the different sources.
  2. To connect through a single transmission network data coming from various sensors and sources (“data fusion”).
  3. To analyse and process such data.
  4. To assess the existing information and to develop the data interface for Seatrack Web (SMHI, Sweden) oil spill drift forecasting system.
  5. To provide a visualisation for oil spill detection sources ready for initiating oil drift simulations.

Need for a technology roadmap on an integrated system of oil spill monitoring

  • To improve accuracy of information.
  • Interconnect different data sources.
  • Improve response time.
  • Efficient and reliable forecasts of oil spills in order
  • to minimize the effects on sea life and human resources.


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G. Technology readiness levels (TRL)

Where a topic description refers to a TRL, the following definitions apply, unless otherwise specified:

  • TRL 1 – basic principles observed
  • TRL 2 – technology concept formulated
  • TRL 3 – experimental proof of concept
  • TRL 4 – technology validated in lab
  • TRL 5 – technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 6 – technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
  • TRL 7 – system prototype demonstration in operational environment
  • TRL 8 – system complete and qualified
  • TRL 9 – actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)

General Annexes


GEOILWATCH will result into a proof-of-concept of a data interface with the Seatrack Web platform ensuring the timely delivery of key oils spill data.

GEOILWATCH aims to facilitate the:

  • Increase in frequency of aerial monitoring from two surveillance flights a year (see HELCOM RESPONSE) to weekly surveillance.
  • Improvement of the reliability of SAR data from satellite sources
  • Reduction of the number of unnoticed oil spills by a factor of 4.
  • Availability of current data at the rate usual for meteorological data.