INTCATCH is a large Horizon2020 Innovation Action co-founded by the European Union; it will instigate a paradigm shift in the monitoring and management of surface water quality that is fit for global waters in the period 2020-2050.
The aim is to bring together, validate and exploit into a single, efficient, replicable business model a range of innovative monitoring tools for river and lake water quality:
-Autonomous and radio controlled boats equipped with innovative sensors;
-Next generation DNA test kits;
-Innovative and sustainable treatment systems for combined sewer overflows (CSOs);
-Cloud based geo referenced data management solutions to make data visible to the whole community;
-Decision Support System (DSS) to optimize water quality monitoring strategies.
INTCATCH innovations will be first demonstrated in Lake Garda catchment, a very sensitive and strategic European water body, then replicated in other European sites.
The project aims at engaging stakeholders, local communities and tourists to validate a novel model where the citizen scientists are central in the sustainable catchment management.