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Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events in the Channel.

Acronym: S3- EUROHAB
Duration: 01/07/2017 - 01/06/2021 (48 months)
Total budget: € 3,756,343.74
ERDF: € 2,601,177.16


Project S3-Eurohab will use the latest satellite technology to improve the way water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABS) are monitored in the English Channel.

Harmful Algal Blooms are caused by excessive growth of marine algae which release harmful toxins into the water that can kill fish, shellfish and even humans when they consume contaminated fish. As a result they can have an extremely damaging effect on the fishing and tourism industries. In the EU the annual cost of HABs to these industries is estimated to be in excess of 918 million euros.

The project, known as S-3 EUROHAB, will use data from the recently launched European satellite, Copernicus Sentinel 3, to track the growth and spread of harmful algal blooms in the Channel. This data will then be used to create a web based alert system, the first of its kind in Europe, to alert marine managers and fishing industries of the growth of potentially damaging algal blooms. The alert system will result in much faster response times that will help stop the spread of HABS, reducing the millions of pounds lost each year as a result of HABs in both France and the UK. Data will also be gathered to help better understand why, how and when HABS occur.

Current methods of tracking HABs are inefficient and expensive, costing 2 million euros annually to monitor just 6% of the Channel area. S3 - EUROHAB’s methods will not only cost significantly less, just 42,000 euros annually, but will also cover the whole Channel area.


  • Cross border data portal consisting of satellite data
  • Web based alert system for detecting water quality and harmful algal blooms

Lead Partner:

Name of the organisation: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 2:

Name of the organisation: IFREMER - Brest
Country: France
Location: Finistère

Project Partner 3:

Name of the organisation: University of Southampton
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 4:

Name of the organisation: Environment Agency
Country: England
Location: Peterborough

Project Partner 5:

Name of the organisation: IFREMER - Boulogne-sur-Mer
Country: France
Location: Pas de Calais

Project Partner 6:

Name of the organisation: Devon and Severn IFCA (Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority)
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 7:

Name of the organisation: Le Comité Régional des Pêches Maritimes et des Elevages Marins de Basse Normandie
Country: France
Location: Manche

Project Partner 8:

Name of the organisation: IFREMER - Port en Bessin
Country: France
Location: Manche

Project Partner 9:

Name of the organisation: Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Country: France
Location: Finistère