SUBMERSE (SUBMarine cablEs for ReSearch and Exploration) is an innovative EU-funded project let by EFIS Centre and in collaboration with 24 partners. It aims to utilise existing submarine cables, already used by the research and education networking community, to monitor the Earth and its systems. By utilising existing equipment and infrastructure in a new way, the project not only avoids the need for extra hardware under the sea, but also improves the return on investment by enhancing and widening its use.
In detail,SUBMERSE aims to prepare for and deploy a standardised research instrument in several geographically diverse locations to create a sustainable, pan European, Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and State of Polarisation (SoP) continuous acquisition and data dissemination system for European research infrastructures, as well as allowing for the acquisition of the generated data by multiple users simultaneously.
The 36-month project will work closely with the diverse research communities who intend on using the data, to design and build the data generation service together, thereby creating a highly collaborative environment where data is generated by and for all parties. In this way, SUBMERSE goes beyond the traditional model of supporting and facilitating global research and education with infrastructure, to an environment where project partners and research communities together generate and share research from that infrastructure for multiple purposes.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101095055