WP5 Future Sensor Systems and Networks

WP5 Future Sensor Systems and Networks

Whether on ships, MAS or as part of deployed networks, innovation in sensor systems will be key to improving the quality and range of scientific measurements. Prof. Matt Mowlem (NOC) and Dr. James Fishwick (PML) are leading the Future Sensor Systems and Networks work package that is exploring the potential for emerging sensor technologies to reduce the carbon cost of data sets. They are: reviewing the trends in the sensor systems sector, seeking to understand how future sensor systems will maintain and enhance the national capability, and exploring different models for deploying sensors. The work package is also assessing the overlap between commercial and research sensing requirements that will create a research ecosystem of combined public and private investment in technology development underpinned by supply chains that bring economic benefit to the UK.

On 18/03/2021 the WP leads delivered the fourth in our series of NZOC workshops, The 21st Century Marine Technologist: autonomy and sensors for a net zero world, where there was the opportunity to discuss how emerging autonomous and sensor technologies could deliver a world class capability for the science community while meeting UKRI's net zero objectives. The outcomes of this workshop will be published shortly.



Work Package Leads

Prof. Matt Mowlem
Work Package Lead

Dr. James Fishwick
Work Package Deputy


The objectives for this WP are to: 

  1. Identify the technology trends in ocean sensing and sampling and how these could meet the 2035 science need,
  2. Evaluate the opportunities for replacing or increasing the efficiency of ship-based sensor and sampling technologies,
  3. Explore different models (platforms drawing on WP4 and non-MAS platforms, methods) for deploying sensors and samplers, assessing ability to address science / stakeholder need,
  4. Assess the expected commercial uptake of marine sensor technologies and the opportunities that this will create for a future infrastructure in terms of supply chains and development costs; consider what capabilities could be provided through commercially developed/operated.