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, Carribean
World map showing dots on the 5 pilot sites

Latest updates from the project

Project update  |  20 October 2022

New publication: Monitoring the marine invasive alien species Rugulopteryx okamurae using unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites

A new paper has been published with work supported by the BiCOME project. The research demonstrated how UAV and high resolution satellite Remote Sensing can be used to measure anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems.

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Project update  |  06 September 2022

Avi Putri Pertiwi presents BiCOME work at World Seagrass Conference

The World Seagrass Conference took place in Annapolis, Maryland, USA between 7-12 August 2022 and attracted scientists and stakeholders from around the world for a series of talks, networking and field trips relating to the key theme of "Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Degradation" in relation to seagrasses and other submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).

Avi Putri Pertiwi presented work from BiCOME participants in the session : 4B: Advances in Seagrass and Optical Water Quality Remote Sensing.

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Project update  |  27 June 2022

BiCOME presents work at World Biodiversity Forum

Dr Stefanie Broszeit will be (virtually) attending the second edition of the World Biodiversity Forum (26 June - 1 July 2022) where BiCOME will be part of a poster session on biodiversity change detection. 

The poster will show initial results from the project to highlight the need for a structured approach to map remote sensing products to Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) in coastal ecosystems, and the importance of taking into consideration stakeholders views on the definition of relevant remote sensing products.

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