HAMELIN proposes the development of technological solutions aimed at combating the blackfly in the Ebro Delta (Tarragona, Spain). The duration of the project is 24 months and is endowed with a budget of 840.000 euros.

Loss of part of the ecosystem can result in a loss of its functionality and have a strong impact on the development of human life. In this sense, the main objective of the HAMELIN proposal is twofold: (I) to define a corrective restoration action for the ecosystem affected by the blackfly plague (Simulium trifasciatum); (II) provide three efficient mechanisms (IDSSP, SATP and STAPC systems) to engage those responsible for the protection services of this ecosystem.

For these tasks we propose the use of a combination of specific technologies (unmanned decision support vehicles, UDSV) together with environmental information collection and management systems (OKO multimedia system, satellite imagery, atmospheric and oceanographic data series).

In particular, three systems are envisaged: a climatic information collection and analysis system (STAPC), an early warning system (SATP) and a decision support system (IDSSP) that prevents the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Our idea is that, if pesticides are necessary, its use is done rationally through specific applications.