Research Projects Archive

HCMR’s Contact Person: Karageorgis Aristomenis

Duration: 2013 – 2016

Total Financing: 1.390.036,00 Euros


HCMR ‘s Contact Person: Sakellariou Dimitris

Duration: 2015 – 2018

Total Financing : 711.455,53 Euros


The Horizon 2020 project entitled “Cleaning litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas”, acronym CLAIM, seeks new strategies focusing on marine plastic litter. Coordinated by HCMR, brings together nineteen institutions, six of which are SMEs, from across Europe, Lebanon and Tunisia.

It develops five innovative cleaning technologies and approaches, targeting the prevention and in situ management of visible (macroplastics >5mm) and invisible (micro <5 mm up to 1 μm and nanoplastics < 1 μm) marine litter at their point of introduction to the marine environment (e.g. river runoff and waste water treatment plants) in the Mediterranean and the Baltic seas. Right after an effective pre-filtering system has sorted and collected litter, a photocatalytic nanocoating device will degrade microplastics in wastewater treatment plants. At river mouths, innovative floating barriers has been already developed to collect and monitor visible litter, while mounted on ships or placed in ports and marinas, a small-scale thermal treatment device (pyrolizer) will be used to turn collected litter intro energy powering ships and heating up ports. A CLAIM network of FerryBox systems will operate on ships in the Baltic, West & East Mediterranean mounted with an automated seawater sampling device & passive flow-through filtering system. The project will facilitate better governance of the issue of marine litter by providing tools such as new models and concentration maps to give insights into the distribution of macroplastics and microplastics and scenarios to determine the efficiency of CLAIM’s technologies.

New business models will be introduced to enhance the economic feasibility of upscaling the proposed innovations. An ecosystem approach will guide the project through the evaluation of the potential benefit from the proposed litter cleaning methods to ecosystem services and human well-being.

Climpact – National Νetwork on Climate Change and its Impacts

Ιmplemented under the sub-project 3 of the project “Infrastructure of national research networks in the fields of Precision Medicine, Quantum Technology and Climate Change”, funded by the Public Investment Program of Greece, General Secretary of Research and Technology/Ministry of Development and Investments.

Το Εθνικό Δίκτυο για την Κλιματική Αλλαγή – CLIMPACT είναι μια σημαντική Εθνική πρωτοβουλία που χρηματοδοτείται από το Υπουργείο Ανάπτυξης και Επενδύσεων, με στόχο την ενοποίηση, εναρμονισμό και βελτιστοποίηση των υφιστάμενων κλιματικών υπηρεσιών και συστημάτων έγκαιρης προειδοποίησης για έντονα φυσικά φαινόμενα και φυσικές καταστροφές, συμπεριλαμβανομένων της συλλογής δεδομένων από τις σχετικές εθνικές υποδομές.

Συντονίζεται από το Εθνικό Αστεροσκοπείο Αθηνών (ΕΑΑ) και αποτελείται από άλλους 10 Εθνικούς επιστημονικούς φορείς: την Ακαδημία Αθηνών (ΑΑ), το Εθνικό Καποδιστριακό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών (ΕΚΠΑ), το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (ΑΠΘ), το Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλάσσιων Ερευνών (ΕΛΚΕΘΕ), το Εθνικό Κέντρο Έρευνας Φυσικών Επιστημών ‘’Δημόκριτος’’, το Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο (ΕΜΠ), το Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης (ΠΚ), το Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης (Πολ. Κ), το Ερευνητικό Κέντρο ΑΘΗΝΑ και το Εθνικό Κέντρο Κοινωνικών Ερευνών (ΕΚΚΕ).

Το Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλασσίων Ερευνών είναι υπεύθυνο για τον συντονισμό των δράσεων του Πυλώνα 1 που τιτλοφορείται «Επιστήμη και Υψηλής ποιότητας δεδομένα σχετιζόμενα με την Κλιματική Αλλαγή» και θα υλοποιηθεί σε συνεργασία των: Ακαδημία Αθηνών, ΕΛΚΕΘΕ, ΕΚΠΑ, ΕΚΕΦΕ-ΔΗΜΟΚΡΙΤΟΣ, ΕΑΑ, ΠΚ, ΑΠΘ, ΕΜΠ, & Πολ. Κ.

Οι δράσεις του Πυλώνα 1 αφορούν τη λήψη και παροχή κλιματικών παραμέτρων και εκτιμήσεων από το παλαιοκλίμα μέχρι το πρόσφατο παρελθόν και το παρόν. Συμπεριλαμβάνονται κλιματικές αλλαγές από την αρχαιότητα μέχρι την έναρξη των μετρήσεων στην Ελλάδα καθώς και χωροχρονικά χαρακτηριστικά του κλίματος από άμεσες και έμμεσες πηγές. Η σύγχρονη περίοδος περιλαμβάνει και τα θερμοκηπικά αέρια από εξειδικευμένες επίγειες και δορυφορικές παρατηρήσεις, υπολογιστικές προσομοιώσεις αλλά και πειραματικές εκστρατείες. Ο τελικός στόχος είναι η μετατροπή αυτών σε προϊόντα, εργαλεία και υπηρεσίες που υποστηρίζουν την προσαρμογή, τον μετριασμό και τη διαχείριση του κινδύνου καταστροφών από την ανθρωπογενή κλιματική αλλαγή.


HCMR’ s Contact Person: Papathanassiou Evaggelos

Duration : 2012 – 2016

Total Financing : 796.218,75 Euros


HCMR ‘s Contact Person : Iona Athanasia

Duration : 2017 – 2019

Total Financing : 110.000,00 Euros


HCMR’ s Contact Person : Vasileios Lykousis

Duration : 2012 – 2015

Total Financing : 3.700.000,00 Euros


HCMR’s Contact Person : Panagiotidis Panagiotis

Duration : 2012 – 2015

Totale Financing : 1.109.614,40 Euros


HCMR’s Contact Person : Panagiotidis Panagiotis

Duration : 2012 – 2015

Total Financing : 1.254.939,42


HCMR ‘s Contact Person : Panagiotidis Panagiotis

Duration : 2012-2015

Total Financing : 865.309.65 Euros


HCMR ‘ Contact Person : Kapsimalis Vasileios

Duration : 2017 – 2018

Total Financing: 120.000 Euros


HCMR ‘s Contact Person : Velaoras Dimitrios

Duration : 2017 – 2020

Total Financing : 1.230.625,00 Euros


“Impacts of marine litter on sea turtles and biota” in RSC and MSFD areas (Indicator Impact Taxa) – INDICIT II
Plastic items compose more than 80% of the litter observed offshore and on beaches. They are omnipresent and accumulate for years to centuries in the seas. Marine taxa such as sea turtles have wide geographic range (Atlantic and Mediterranean), use different habitat compartments (neritic to pelagic) and are known to ingest marine debris. As a consequence, the MSFD Task Group on Marine Litter suggested the debris items ingested by sea turtles as an indicator for the monitoring of GES for D10. The initial assessment of GES and the methodological standard procedures for the use of this indicator urgently need to be implemented in order to meet the regional (e.g. within RSCs) and global MSFD requirements and allow to evaluate the efficiency of programmes of measures such as the ban of plastic bag and other legislative decision in EU countries.The INDICIT-II project is a follow-up of the INDICIT project (2017-19). INDICIT-II project aims to capitalize the INDICIT results concerning the networking, the elaboration of standard guidelines, the collection of large standard data set and the evaluation of GES scenario for the indicator “Litter ingested by sea turtles”, as well as to identify the key elements for the implementation of two other indicators for the monitoring of litter impacts “Biota entanglement in debris” and “Microdebris ingestion by biota”. INDICIT II involves 12 partners from the public sector (7 EU countries and 2 non-EU countries), all contracting parties to the OSPAR (Atlantic) and/or Barcelona (Mediterranean) conventions. The general objectives are (1) to capitalize the practical outcomes related to networking, development of standardized tools, gathering of standard data and GES assessments for the Indicator “Litter ingested by sea turtles”, (2) to support the implementation of the indicators “Entanglement of sea turtles, birds, cetaceans in floating debris” and “Micro-plastic ingestion by fish and sea turtles”, (3) to support the next 6-year cycle of MSFD implementation by testing the indicators (especially the more advanced “Litter ingested by sea turtles”) in response to National PoMs in pilot areas. By developing standardized knowledge for several fauna taxa at an extended spatial level, the project will contribute to provide integrative tools to assess anthropogenic risks and distance to GES especially in the framework of D10. Finally, the project aims to foster synergies with other EU projects and to transfer knowledge to competent authorities in three regional seas of priority, the North-East Atlantic Ocean, the Macaronesia and the Mediterranean Sea.


HCMR ‘s Contact Person: Perivoliotis Leonidas & Petihakis George

Duration: 2001-2015

Total Financing: 1.085.209,54 Euros

KAUST Coastal Monitoring Project

KAUST Coastal Monitoring Project aims to define the baseline environmental conditions in relation to the existing and future pressures on the coastal zone of Saudi Arabia (Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf). It is the starting part of the initiative for the Marine and Coastal Environment Protection (MCEP) of the Saudi Arabia.
The overarching objective of the project is to prepare a national Status Quo Assessment that will set priorities for the Saudi Arabia coastal environment. The work toward this goal will entail scaling the relative impact of coastal pollution sources and other causes of environmental degradation, identifying preventive and remedial actions, and devising detailed monitoring strategies.
The project is organized around tasks on: Literature; Legal and Policy review; Cause analysis for the identification of environmental hot spots in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf; Gap analysis in environmental issues; Field surveillance in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf for the assessment of the pollution status; Design and implementation plans for marine coastal initiative.
It is a collaboration project between the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and HCMR with the participation of other institutions: The National Centre for Environmental Compliance (NCEC), Saudi; ETRC-UMA – European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga, Spain; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA; Reef Ecologic, Australia; Sustain Value, UK; The Empire Egypt for Environmental Services and Trade, Egypt.


HCMR’ s Contact Person : Vasileios Lykousis

Duration : 2013 – 2015

Total Financing : 1.498.100,00 Euros


MARine monitoring system of the Hellenic Seas using REmote sensing satellite data and in-situ measurements (MARRE)

The objective of the project is the development of an open source GIS system for monitoring the marine environment by using satellite remote sensing data combined with field measurements (historical and real-time data). The project will develop innovative products to monitor the status of the marine environment using free satellite observation data. These new products will provide information on water quality and will be derived from the in-situ measurements of the participating institutions as well as from available data at European repositories. In particular, using high-resolution satellite data such as Sentinel data in combination with in-situ measurements at Greek seas, essential environmental parameters such as chlorophyll concentration and turbidity will be assessed. The combined use of satellite data and in-situ measurements will evaluate and improve existing empirical algorithms. As a result, the derived products will be adapted to local conditions and the specific features of Greek seas. Importance will be given to the monitoring of the marine biodiversity by the mapping and the monitoring of the Posidonia meadows.

MARRE project is being implemented in the framework of the “RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATIVE” Action and is co-financed by the European Union and national resources through the Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPAnEK, NSRF 2014-2020) of the Ministry of Economy and Development.


HCMR ‘s Contact Person : Reizopoulou Sofia

Duration : 2013 – 2017

Total Financing : 125.000,00 Euros