EU-FP 7: SenseOCEAN - SenseOcean:Marine sensors for the 21st Century

senseOCEAN brings together the leading sensor developers from academia and industry across Europe to enable a quantum leap in worldwide in situ ocean biogeochemical sensor technology. It will produce fundamental innovations in analytical sciences fusing together new techniques for microfabrication, system integration, self calibration and cost-effective mass production. It will deliver a new product; an integrated multifunctional biogeochemical sensor package that is small and low-cost yet will be rugged and high performance. This product will have a major impact on the ability of EU SMEs and industry to compete in the growing market of environmental metrology and networked ecosystems. The product will measure with high precision and accuracy all of the following: the oceanic carbonate system, nutrients, the micronutrient iron, oxygen, nitrous oxide, trace metals (specifically the micronutrient iron) together with optically observed parameters including photosynthetically active radiation, particulate organic carbon, Chlorophyll a, primary production, coloured dissolved inorganic matter and transmission. As such it will quantify at scientifically relevant performance all of the major state variables in ocean biogeochemical processes. These will be observed with a new generation of sensors using lab on a chip, micro electrochemical, optode, and optical sensor technologies. Crucially the system will be small, integrated and suitable for mass production enabling it to be scaled and used on mass deployed platforms such as the profiling float array (Argo) and on many other platforms. To enable this we will develop modular interfaces. The product will be developed in line with state of the art data management practice, which we will continue to develop in collaboration with the international community. We will deliver a near real time and also a quality controlled archived data product with the outputs from our new sensor technology.

Collaboration partners

This project is a collaborative project with
  • NERC
  • University of Aarhus
  • AWI (Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum fur Polar und Meeresforschung)
  • CNRS-LEGOS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
  • Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology
  • University of Southampton
  • Chelsea Technologies Group
  • Unisense
  • Pyro Science GmbH
  • NKE Instrumentation
  • TE Laboratories



Moßhammer, M., Strobl, M., Kühl, M., Klimant, I., Borisov, S. M., & Koren, K. 
Design and Application of an Optical Sensor for Simultaneous Imaging of pH and Dissolved O2 with Low Cross-Talk. 

Acs Sensors.2016, 1 (6), pp 681–687
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.6b00071



Schutting, S., Jokic, T., Strobl, M., Borisov, S. M., de Beer, D., & Klimant, I.
NIR optical carbon dioxide sensors based on highly photostable dihydroxy-aza-BODIPY dyes. 

Journal of Materials Chemistry C3(21), 5474-5483
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC00346F

Staudinger, C., & Borisov, S. M.
Long-wavelength analyte-sensitive luminescent probes and optical (bio) sensors. 

Methods and applications in fluorescence3(4), 042005
DOI: 10.1088/2050-6120/3/4/042005



Aigner, D., Freunberger, S. A., Wilkening, M., Saf, R., Borisov, S. M., & Klimant, I. (2014).
Enhancing Photoinduced Electron Transfer Efficiency of Fluorescent pH-Probes with Halogenated Phenols. 

Analytical chemistry86(18), 9293-9300
DOI: 10.1021/ac502513g

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Funded by
FP7-OCEAN 2013.2-Grant Agreement 614141