CALYPSO Follow On gets going


The CALYPSO FO kick-off meeting was held on the 11th June 2015 at the Hotel San Antonio, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta.

The project leader Prof. Aldo Drago from the Physical Oceanography Research Group of the University of Malta opened the meeting with a detailed presentation describing the project targets and the partner commitments to each project deliverable together with the expected related timelines. The 6-month intensive project follows the previous successful CALYPSO project and is expected to deliver a more robust HF radar monitoring system of sea surface currents in the Malta Channel comprising an additional radar on the Sicilian side.

The partnership comprises four Sicilian partners: University of Palermo (polo territoriale universitario della provincia di Trapani), Istituto Ambiente Marino Costiero – CNR IAMC, University of Catania (CUTGANA) and ARPA SICILIA – Agenzia regionale per la protezione dell’ambiente.

Coast guards, civil protection organisations and local environmental protection agencies in both Malta and Sicily stand to benefit from this new technology, as will companies managing oil extraction platforms and tourist organisations reliant on unspoilt coastlines and safer maritime transportation. The CALYPSO data is shedding new insights on the dynamics of the sea in this part of the Mediterranean, leading to research efforts also related to improved forecasting of the marine environment, protection from oil spills, search and rescue, and fisheries.

The project has put both Malta and Sicily at the forefront of such initiatives in the Mediterranean, and is opening the way to further follow-up initiatives with other European partners.

The meeting was concluded by the Project Steering Committee and a visit to the radar station at Ta’ Sopu in Gozo.

Prof. Aldo Drago opens the meetingProf. Aldo Drago presenting the project details at the meeting

  Project partners at Ta' Sopu HR radar siteStaff of the Physical Oceanography Research Group and Sicilian partners at the Ta' Sopu HF radar site


four radars geostrophy vs HFR
Locations of the CALYPSO HF radar sites including the new station at Ragusa

Comparison of weekly averaged satellite derived geostrophic currents (vectors in red) to HF radar sea surface currents (in black) showing an intensification of the mesoscale circulation observed in the Malta Channel


Meeting Agenda
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CALYPSO FO Project Kick-Off Meeting
11th June, 2015
Organised by Physical Oceanography Unit, Faculty of Science, University of Malta
Venue: San Antonio Hotel & Spa, St. Paul's Bay

08.45  Registration for meeting

09:00  Welcome by host
(Prof. Charles Sammut, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Malta)
(Prof. Aldo Drago, Head of the Physical Oceanography Unit, University of Malta)

Full Group Committee (all project partner representatives)

09:15  CALYPSO FO Description of Work – Planned activities and deliverables;
Plan of work for the project (Prof. Aldo Drago, Project Leader, University of Malta)

09:45  Presentations on project plan of activities by partners
UNIPA (Dott. Giuseppe Ciraolo),
IAMC-CNR (Dott. Francesco Raffa),
CUTGANA (Prof. Rosario Sinatra),
ARPA SICILIA (Dott. Salvatore Campanella)

10:45  Discussion

11.15  Coffee Break

11.45  Project administrative matters (Ms. Marija Attard, UoM and Giuseppe Ciraolo, UNIPA)

12.15  Project Steering Committee (Delegated SC members and WP leaders)

Chaired by Prof. Aldo Drago, CALYPSO FO Project Leader
ToR of SC
Joint Convention and Subsidy Contract
Overall management procedures for project implementation
Project budget summary and constraints
WP planning and execution roles
Other matters

12:45  Closure

12:50  Departure to catch Gozo ferry departing at 13:30

14:30  Lunch in Gozo and visit to Ta’ Sopu HF radar site

17.15  Ferry back to Malta