This website uses cookies, which are small text files that are used to make websites work more effectively. In order to continue using this website, you will need to accept the use of cookies. logo 900x450ARGANS, is a company based in Plymouth UK with a branch in France, specialised in satellite-based Earth Observation, remote-sensing applications and services, and geographical information systems used to map and monitor the marine, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. ARGANS offers satellite mission solutions across a range of services, including development of ground segment algorithms and applications, data quality assessment and validation, or operations on behalf of space agencies, while keeping a strong scientific expertise in remote sensing science.

Main tasks in the project

ARGANS will be the focal point for Ocean colour data access and processing to derive specific indicators and parameters within WP4. This will ensure the right connection to Copernicus data and third parties missions as available. Also ARGANS will contribute to local hydrodynamic modelling of the rivers discharge and the behavior of turbid plumes close to the rivers mouth, taking into account the evolution of the coastline due to permafrost thawing.

ARGANS staff involved in Nunataryuk


Dr. Antoine Mangin

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Philippe Bryère

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LOGO GFZ en mitFreistellungsraum RGB 24bit 300dpi 546x390 jpgThe GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) was founded in 1992 as the national research institution for geosciences in Germany and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres. It is Germany’s premier research centre for geosciences, with strong links to leading institutes across Europe. It has an annual budget of more than 70 million Euros and a staff of about 1300 employees including more than 500 scientists and more than 200 PhD students. GFZ conducts multidisciplinary research in seven departments on topics ranging across the full breadth of the Earth Sciences from global processes, plate boundary systems and georesources, to earth surface – climate interactions and natural hazards. In particular, GFZ has a strong tradition in the global monitoring of our planet with geophysical and remote sensing techniques but also operates major, multi-disciplinary regional observatories. All work at the GFZ benefits from generous technical support and a uniquely comprehensive range of state-of-the-art equipment. GFZ has formal collaborations with institutions from more than 60 countries and more than 40 joint professor appointments link it closely to the surrounding universities.

The remote sensing section, in particular, operates a spectral laboratory including Perkin-Elmer spectro-radiometers for the reflected (VNIR-SWIR) and thermal (FTIR) domain as well as several field spectrometers. The Modtran code and ATCOR are used for atmospheric- and illumination modeling. A structural whole-plant simulator for three-dimensional plant modeling and a ray tracing software support simulation studies on BRDF issues. Numerous in-house algorithms and programs, necessary for the solution of specific remote sensing tasks, are developed, such as a specific ‘end-to-end’ simulator for the design and simulation of hyperspectral sensor systems.


Main tasks in the project

GFZ will contribute to the tasks of WP4 and provide aircraft LiDAR data as well as hyperspectral and RGB imagery along the Canadian and partly Alaskan Beaufort Sea coast acquired during previous (2012, 2013, 2016) and upcoming surveys (currently scheduled for 2018).


GFZ staff involved in Nunatyryuk

 Researcher in WPs 2 and 4

Prof. Torsten Sachs

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Building A 70, Room 303
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1423



informusInformus GmbH (INF) is a Berlin-based SME founded in 1999, providing scientific and technical consulting services for marine, atmospheric and land-based environmental applications. Our clients include public and private sector organizations with a wide range of service needs, including:
• Analysis of user requirements in the context of environmental regulations and subsequent development of specifically tailored solution strategies.
• Development of IT systems to support acquisition, processing and management of complex environmental data such as from oceanic or atmospheric monitoring networks.
• Application of numerical modelling and remote sensing techniques to support the environmental assessment of freshwater and marine ecosystems.
• In-situ monitoring and remote sensing of rivers, streams and lake shores, for example in the context of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD).
• Preparation and execution of small to medium sized R&D projects in a national or international context.

INFORMUS disposes of the competences required for the proposed work, as demonstrated by its participation to the following activities:
• INFORMUS is operating the “Satellite-based Information System for Coastal Areas and Lakes” (SISCAL), operationally providing Earth observation based information products on water quality parameters, specifically tailored to individual customer’s needs (since 2005).
• For the private sector, INFORMUS has conducted a number of studies assessing the occurrence and possible impact of potentially harmful marine events (such as algae blooms, mass jellyfish occurrence or severe weather) on potential sites for desalination plants worldwide (since 2007).
• For EUMETSAT, INFORMUS has carried out the study “Benefits of Oceanography Measurements” (2010-2011) to analyse the current and anticipated future uptake of space- borne marine observations by European meteorological services, contributing such to shaping EUMETSAT’s future marine observation strategy.
• In the context of the EU-funded project “Sustainable Use of Baltic Marine Resources” (SUBMARINER, 2010-2013), INFORMUS assessed the environmental impact of new uses of marine resources in the Baltic Sea and was a major contributor to the “SUBMARINER Compendium”, an assessment of innovative and sustainable uses of Baltic marine resources, and the “SUBMARINER Roadmap - Towards blue-green economy in the Baltic Sea”.
• On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), INF is leading (since 2003) the development and maintenance of the “Data Acquisition and Quality Assurance System” (DAQAS) to support Germany’s contribution to WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch programme.

Main tasks in the project

INFORMUS will be involved in WP4. It will mainly contribute to the planning of the helicopter campaigns and the processing of the acquired in situ optical data.


Informus staff involved in Nunataryuk

 Dr. Frank Fell

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Informus GmbH
Brehmestr. 50
13187 Berlin
+49 (0)30 70086-711


UPMCThe Villefranche Oceanographic Laboratory (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer - LOV) was created in January 2001, through a merger of two world-renown units, the Laboratoire d'Océanographie Biologique et Écologie du Plancton Marin (LOBEPM) and the Villefranche branch of the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Marines (LPCM). Learn more about the history of the Villefranche laboratories here. . The Lab's current contract (2014-2018) defines its statute as a research and teaching unit of both the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the French National Science Center (CNRS). Within the CNRS, the LOV is in the administrative division of the National Institute of Sciences of the Universe (INSU). However, some of the research themes link the laboratory to the CNRS Institute of Ecology and the Environment (InEE).
LOV staff missions include carrying out basic research, teaching and training, as well as observation and documentation of the marine environment. The three research groups of the LOV share the multi-disciplinary approach required of biological, chemical and physical oceanography.

The over-arching goal of the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group is to understand, interpret, and model the optical properties of the ocean and their variability. The larger scientific context is biogeochemical cycles and the ecophysiology of phytoplankton. Our research is directed toward characterizing and quantifying general principles, as well as developing novel techniques and instruments which are required to inform our knowledge of the existing marine environment and future changes. We actively participate, through the development and application of new scientific tools and instruments, to cutting edge efforts of ocean observation currently underway which attempt to quantify our knowledge of marine systems and improve the development of predictive models.
Our research activities fall within two broad categories or themes: (i) Observation, (ii) Instruments and Applications.



Main tasks in the project

LOV will be involved in the project in the work package leader of WP4 ‘Coastal waters’.
The aim of WP4 is to assess the fate of organic matter (OMt; both particulate and dissolved) released into coastal waters by permafrost thaw in the past and the future and quantify how it is impacted by the increasing amounts of terrestrial organic matter supplied to the Arctic Ocean because of accelerating permafrost thaw, increased plant growth in catchments, and increasing freshwater discharge. LOV will contribute to determine the amount and quality of riverine OMt supplied to the Arctic Ocean and its fate using in situ measurements and remote sensing. In situ measurements will allow characterizing OMt in the coastal Arctic Ocean and documenting its reactivity, as well as developing optical remote sensing algorithms. Remote sensing will then be used to document spatial and temporal trends in OMt that can be scaled up for large scale analyses.


LOV-OMTAB staff involved in Nunataryuk

PI in WP4

Dr. David Doxaran

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Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche
UMR 7093 - CNRS / UPMC
06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Tel +33 (0) 4 93 76 37 24



Engineer within WP4

Dr. Edouard Leymarie

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Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche
UMR 7093 - CNRS / UPMC
06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Tel +33 (0) 4 93 76 37 19



Post doctoral researcher in WP4

Dr. Laurent Oziel

Institut de la Mer de Villefranche, IMEV
Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, LOV
181, Chemin du Lazaret
06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

Laurent Oziel

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Main tasks in the project

AP will be a partner in WP 10 – Management focusing on dissemination activities and data management tasks.

AP staff involved in Nunataryuk

 Halldor Johannsson

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