An autonomous sea water pollution monitoring device for natural and man-made pollutants steaming ahead for implementation

The MariaBox project, entitled “Marine environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring toolbox”, funded by the European Commission, is developing an autonomous, analytical device based on novel biosensors to monitor chemical and biological pollutants in seawater.

The device is suitable for installation on free-floating devices, buoys, ships, or to be used as a portable instrument. The main, high-level user requirements for the system are for the device to be highly sensitive, portable and capable of repeating measurements over a long time, allowing permanent deployment at sea. The project includes 13 partners: Universities, companies and public institutions from 6 European countries: Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Ireland, UK and Norway.


The project has now reached the 18th month of developments and has passed from the inception and design phase to the prototyping and experimentation of new technologies for its analytical core, which is based on novel biosensors.

The project will benefit the EU consumers and the, so called, “blue economy” since it will allow to check water quality for pollutants that enter the food chain. Those will be early detected, at the level of fish and shell farms, in order to be able to apply adequate counter measures, leading to direct economic benefit and healthier food for all. MariaBox is targeting a six-month autonomous operation, without the need of servicing or other human intervention, in order to achieve low cost environmental monitoring of human activities, such as illegal discharges in sea water or other widespread pollutants use such as pesticides, supporting the EU efforts for cleaner oceans and a greener Europe.

The project will demonstrate its capacities with long term monitoring campaigns in Cyprus, Spain, Ireland and Norway.

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Sist oppdatert 02.11.2015