STREAM – “Sensing Our Waters To Make Sense Of Our Changing Environment”



STREAM (Sensor Technologies for Remote Environmental Aquatic Monitoring) will extend marine monitoring paradigms beyond the current state of the art systems to deliver an affordable solution to the high temporal and spatial resolution monitoring of coastal waters, thus generating a non-intrusive living laboratory, where the complex interplay of multiple systems can be monitored, analysed and understood. The STREAM technologies will be deployed in three phases, commencing with the deployment of the current state of the art sensor technologies which will be obtained via procurement. While providing important information on marine status, these technologies will also provide a performance benchmark for the STREAM designed and manufactured sensors, which will be deployed in phase two and three. The application of high-level data analytic strategies extends beyond the current state of the art marine monitoring systems. These strategies will apply advanced ‘data mining’ concepts to unlock hidden and otherwise in accessible information from the data.


STREAM, will design, test and manufacture a range of marine sensors using low cost, ‘green’ additive manufacturing techniques. These sensors will be calibrated, deployed and benchmarked against existing state of the art marine sensors currently approved for marine monitoring applications. The expected performance and low-cost advantage of these technologies provides a route to ubiquitous marine monitoring applications, thus enabling adaptation methodologies to be devised based on accurate high resolution spatial and temporal assessments of the chemical balance of marine waters.

Key Objectives

The STREAM operation builds on a previously successful cross-border project, WINIPT that developed via additive print-based manufacturing techniques, a range of self-sufficient sensor technologies that could be deployed to operate continuously in remote areas for extended periods of time. These technologies are capable of relaying information over long distances via wireless communications and require minimal human intervention. Within STREAM the further development, integration and application of these technologies will result in the creation of a cross-border monitoring system designed to determine the impacts of climate change on the estuarine and coastal waters of the Irish Sea. Integrating this monitoring system with modern ICT technologies allows cloud-based data storage and retrieval, thus creating a public access portal that will lead to an improved awareness of climate change impacts for coastal communities, through enhanced data collection and dissemination. Thus, the STREAM portal will increase capacity and knowledge of climate change adaptation for the Irish Sea and coastal communities. To address the specific objective STREAM will generate twelve new awareness raising initiatives for coastal communities that will include workshops, summer schools, annual report cards, a web site and a dedicated cloud portal allowing access to real time information of marine conditions. Additionally, STREAM will bring together more than ten stakeholder organisations from the cross-border region in a cooperative function aimed at enhancing the marine and coastal environment and disseminating best practice in climate change adaptation to coastal communities.


John Ronan, Technical Lead,