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Rheticus®Marine: Cloud based geoinformation services for coastal water quality and marine resources

Coastal zones are among the most productive areas in the world, but at the same time, the excessive exploitation of natural resources puts enormous pressure on our coastal ecosystems, with great risks for the coastal and marine environment.

The protection of coasts and sea waters is one of the big pillars for the European Union, which made big efforts defining common rules in Europe (e.g. Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Water Framework Directive; Common Fisheries Policy) and making huge investments in programs such as Copernicus to monitor the status of the environment and give tools to decision makers.

The sustainable management of coastal and marine environment involves, both EU Member States, with their local and regional governments, which are required to monitor and report the state of the environment, and private organizations, which uses the marine resources for their business.

To help organizations in their monitoring activities and decision making, Planetek Italia has launched Rheticus®Marine, a geoinformation service specifically designed for the monitoring of coastal waters.
The service is available at

By using satellite Open data – such as the ones from AQUA/MODIS and Sentinel-3 missions –, Rheticus®Marine is able to provide information compliant with the indicators required by the EU Water and Marine Strategy Directives.

The service is composed of geoinformation products designed to meet the environmental reporting requirements of local governments in compliance with the EU Directive on “Marine Strategy” and to support fishing activities by providing updated information on the potentially most productive fishing areas.
The service includes a periodic (up to daily) update with monthly, quarterly and annual summary reports.

Users of the service are:
National and local public administrations as regions, fishing companies, aquaculture and plants operating near the coast (desalination, waste water treatments, etc.).

What purpose does it serve

  • Coastal seawaters quality monitoring
  • Reporting activity compliant to the EU’s Marine Strategy
  • Monitoring of the level of (primary) productivity of seas
  • Algal blooms monitoring