Biodiversity of the Coastal Ocean: Monitoring with Earth Observation (BiCOME)

The BiCOME project will develop and demonstrate that Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), relevant for scientific and monitoring applications, can be obtained from state-of-the-art remotely sensed reflectance close to the shoreline, and that they can be scalable globally. By addressing relevant scientific and societal problems.

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Working together to gain a greater understanding of Earth's ecosystems

BiCOME will help us better understand how the community structure and function of coastal ecosystems will respond to the anthropogenic and natural drivers in a changing climate.

The project is one of three studies that form part of the European Spacy Agency's 'Biodiversity+ Precursors' on Terrestrial (EO4DIVERSITY), Freshwater (BIOMONDO) and Coastal ecosystems (BiCOME).

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Biodiversity pilots

The project will focus on five pilot study sites:

Plymouth Coast, UK / Auray estuary, France / Vembanad, India / Mozambique, Africa / Martinique, Caribbean
World map showing dots on the 5 pilot sites

Latest updates from the project

Project update  |  13 November 2023

BiCOME attending International Ocean Colour Science Meeting 2023

This week Victor Martinez-Vicente will be at the International Ocean Colour Science Meeting 2023 in Florida where he'll be co-chairing a Breakout Workshop about marine biodiversity metrics from space. He will also be presenting a poster on BiCOME and BOOMS project work.

The details of both sessions are below:

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Project update  |  13 October 2023

GEO BON Global Conference: Monitoring Biodiversity for Action

Marc Paganini from the European Space Agency gave a presentation at the GEO BON Global Conference about the work of the BiCOME project.

The Global Conference on Biodiversity and Monitoring was organized by GEO BON and its partners between 10-13 October 2023 in Montreal, Canada. One year after COP15 of the UN CBD and the landmark agreement of a Global Biodiversity Framework, the GEO BON global conference will focus on the grand challenge of ‘Monitoring Biodiversity for Action’. A central theme will be the development of best practices and new technologies for biodiversity observations and monitoring to support transformative policy and conservation action.

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Project update  |  01 May 2023

BiCOME work presented at EGU General Assembly 2023

Avi Putri Pertiwi and Dimosthenis Traganos from the BiCOME project had their work presented at the recent EGU 23 Assembly. The Assembly welcomed 18,831 registered attendees from all over the world bringing together geoscientists to cover all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

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