The RECORAM project  (Optimization of monitoring networks to assess conservation of high mountain rivers. Ref: 132/2010) is a project funded by the Autonomous National Parks Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, effective 2011-2013 and was undertaken at the National Park of Picos de Europa in Northern Spain.

The end result of the project will be the design of a monitoring network for the conservation status of river ecosystems using tested variables and field campaigns that allow control-impact statistics necessary to be able to quantify the effects of specific pressures. To achieve this fundamental objective has been a distributed hydrological model (SWAT) and there have been stretches of rivers classified according to their hydrological function and the physical characteristics of the habitat. Cameras have been installed and pressure and temperature sensors are used to monitor these variables continuously and point sampling has been conducted all of which will help evaluate the adequacy of the structural and functional ecosystem to monitor point and diffuse discharges in the river network of the Park.

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The current offshore wind scene does not yet have accurate ways to characterize the wind resource at a reasonable cost ifor great depths. IDERMAR helps solve this issue, offering an innovative service which allows a client to obtain accurate data and certified resource (wind, waves, currents, etc.), without having to address the technological or economic risks by floating meteorological masts.

The services offered by IDERMAR allow the end user receiving the basic data required resource for the development of offshore wind farms. This business model involves a significant cost reduction and risk for end customers, which only have to invest in the received data, not the technology behind it.

IDERMAR focuses mainly on:

• Promoters and investors, who require wind measurements certified by an independent agency.

• Governments or authorities responsible for the control of marine environments, requiring characterization and  resource management for the marine energy potential.

• Research centers, providing analysis of marine resources in order to develop environmental studies or to generate, test or calibrate other technologies on floating platforms.

IDERMAR's main goal is to develop innovative ideas in the offshore energy field.

  • Design and creation of ideas.
  • Partner search for new projects.
  • Development of intellectual property.
  • Prototypes manufacturing.
  • Test site developping and management.
  • Product certification.
  • End product distribution and marketing.

IDERMAR is a joint venture between SODERCAN, ACTIUM, an Investment company of the APIA XXI Group, the Environmental Hydraulics Institute IH Cantabria, of the University of Cantabria (UC) and the Helium Company.


In response to the Off-shore Wind Market's demands, IDERMAR is developing two lines of business, Systems for Monitoring the Off-Shore Wind Energy Resource and Floating Systems for Off-shore Aerogenerators.

IDERMAR is a mixed private-public company set up by the Cantabria Government through SODERCAN, ACTIUM, an Investment company of the APIA XXI Group, the Hydraulics Institute (HI) of the University of Cantabria (UC) and the Helium Company.
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MERMAID: Innovative Multi-purpose offshore platforms: planning, design and operation.


MERMAID will develop concepts for the next generation of offshore platforms which can be used for multiple purposes, including energy extraction, aquaculture and platform related transport. The project does not envisage building new platforms, but will theoretically examine new concepts, such as combining structures and building new structures on representative sites under different conditions.

The 28 partner institutes forming MERMAID are Universities (11), Research institutes (8), Industries (5) and Small and Medium Enterprises (4 SME's), from many regions in EU. The group represents a broad range of expertise in hydraulics, wind engineering, aquaculture, renewable energy, marine environment, project management as well as socio-economics.

MERMAID is one of three EU-FP7 funded projects selected for funding in response to Ocean 2011 on multi-use offshore platforms (FP7-OCEAN.2011-1 "Multi-use offshore platforms"). This project shall have a cost of 7,4 million euro. The European Union has granted a financial contribution of 5,5 million euro.


Mermaid website

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This project proposes an innovative methodology for the environmental restoration of coastal areas by developing a pilot system built for characterization, dredging, treatment and recovery of sludge and sediments with organic and inorganic pollutants ( INNODRAVAL ) ( IPT -310000-2010-17) . 2008-2011.
Spanish National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation.

The INNO - DRAVAL project pursues innovation in environmental restoration operations on
coastal areas by developing  an Integrated Pilot System for the characterization, dredging, treatment and recovery of sludge and sediments with organic and inorganic pollutants. It aims to develop tools to enable the implementation of a comprehensive environmental restoration of coastal areas, applying the best available techniques in the different stages of the process

The specific objectives of the project are to design , develop, implement , validate and optimize :

  •   Processes related mechanical dredging operations .
  •   Technical and environmental characterization methodologies .
  •   Techniques and methodologies for monitoring the environmental condition of the processes.
  •   Environmental dredging.
  •   Treatment and recovery of sludge and contaminated marine sediments in coastal and port areas .
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Desarrollo de protocolos específicos para la evaluación del estado ecológico de las masas de agua costeras en el entorno de influencia de vertidos de emisarios submarinos (VIGES2) (CTM2008-04649/Tecno).
2008-2011. MEC.

Plan Nacional I+D+I (2008-2011).

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PORTONOVO. Water Quality in Harbours. 2009-2012.

INTERREG IVB. Atlantic Area. EU.

The overall objective is to develop a tool that allows transnational sustainable management of port activities and the implementation of a system to monitor and control the environmental quality of port waters. This project has developed a methodology that has been validated in strategic points of the Atlantic Area (Port of Falmouth, Belfast, Bordeaux, Cherbourg, Aveiro, Portimao, Huelva, Santander).

Among the results of the project is the installation of a Decision Support System (DSS).

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The MARCE project is funded by the Spanish National Plan I+D+I (2008-2011) for the years 2010-2012. The  objectives can be summarized into 2 large groups. The first involves the identification of the main biophysical relations related to variability in the river ecosystems. The main challenge is to quantify the relationships between hydrology, geomorphology, water quality and river biota, achallenging feat, mainly due to the lack of appropriate data (spatial and temporal continuity of records). Therefore, to achieve this goal, IH Cantabria is developing models that include all components of the river ecosystem for the entire domain of the project.

The second block aims to determine the ecological consequences of different human activities on river ecosystems, for this, our researchers are characterizing the degree of impact of different river sections using GIS tools to isolate effect of specific pressures using a Control-Impact design for each river component  (more info).

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Three-dimensional modeling of wave interaction with Marine Structures MOTIOM  (MOdelado Tridimensional de la Interacción del oleaje con Obras Marítimas )

MOTIOM project (BIA2008 - 05462 ) has been developed in 2009-2011 within the Spanish National Research Plan (DO) .

The main objective of MOTIOM has been to improve the
three-dimensional modeling knowledge and capabilities of the processes carried out by the waves in the presence of coastal structures. Traditional analysis of these structures has been carried out experimentally, mainly using two-dimensional models, with the problems which arise in this type of experiemtns such as scale effects and the inability to reproduce natural conditions which occur under the maritime works. The methodology used in this project, which applies three-dimensional modeling of the Navier- Stokes equations and experimental data, has allowed the three-dimensional study of the processes generated by the waves surrounding coastal structures.

The method has been divided into two parts. Initially
the Navier-Stokes equations have been derived to model the flow in porous media, such as riprap protections or breakwaters, and aresolution system coupledwith the flow outside othe structure has been presented. The proposed method consists of the joint resolution of the pressure and velocity fields in both areas of the domain. Likewise, two turbulence models have been adapted, the k-e and the SST model, for flow in porous media. In the second phase of the project we have developed new algorithms to improve the generation of realistic wave conditions using RANS models. TO carry out this phase multidirectional wave algorithms of  short and long crested waves as well as for the waveve absortion have been developed. This has allowed for the reduction of the computational time , once one of the shortcomings of this type of models and their application to real case studies.

The new set of equations developed and the multi-directional generation-absortion numerical models have been validated in laboratory tests specifically designed for the project as well as other experiments found in the literature, obtaining a high degree of agreement between the measured variables and simulated. The tests were performed using vertical dike geometries and
rubble mound breakwaters, focusing on the analysis of processes such as over-topping, in which the wave conditions are mostly three dimensional, and the flow around breakwater nose.

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Numerical modeling of wind effects in the interaction of waves with structures (Moviola).

The MOVIOLA project, currently underway, will be developed between 2012-2014 and is funded by the Spanish National Reseach Plan (DO).

The goal of this research project is to improve our knowledge and predictive capabilities related with the interaction of waves with the wind in the vicinity of coastal structures. This project stems from research lines opened during the project
MOTIOM (BIA2008 - 05462) in which we studied the three-dimensional processes developed by waves on coastal structures, focusing the analysis on rubble mound breakwaters and on wave overtopping.

Traditional analysis of the effect of wind has been simulated correctly in experimental trials in which the scaling of physical models limits the universality of the results, or from field measurements with a high spatial variability and lack of control of external variables . Although the number of jobs is not very high and has not materialized in any predictive tool as semi- empirical formulation and generally reliable , the effect of wind on the overshoot is well known , acting on the wave waves way peraltando additional and increasing rates exceeded .

The project focuses mainly on improving the modeling of the rupture with and without wind, fundamental aspect rebase to what is considered the presence of air and its effect on the wave, and improvements in the conditions of absorption waves to generate more realistic situations to improve predictive techniques . The proposed methodology intends to use three-dimensional numerical modeling of the Navier -Stokes and physical experimentation centered on vertical breakwaters exceeded . For the numerical study will be used
IH3-VOFmodel , developed within the MOTIOM project which will introduce the physics of air and which expands the range of physical processes used to study the process of wave interaction with coastal structures . The numerical results will be validated by means of experimental test campaigns designed specifically for this purpose in the CCOB, Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin,  equipped with a wind wave generation system. The project results will be used to improve and optimize the functional design and stability of coastal structures, reducing uncertainties caused by the wind effects on the determination of theovertopping and effort rates, whic is currently very difficult to determine, and generating a tool for quantification.

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Surf-zone mid-term morphodynamics (2010-2013), is an R&D project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy through the Juan de la Cierva programme. Its main goal is to research the impact of morphological changes which take place on the surf zone by developing  numerical models and analysing the data obtained through the  HORUS video monitoring system. The surf zone is a complex 3D system in which the morphologyresults not only from the exterior forcing or external structures, but also due to its own behaviour, producing rythmic bars and rip currents due to self organization mechanisms. These characteristic surf zone patterns affect the coast line and the width of the dry beach. 


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