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  |  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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Project update  |  08 June 2022

New publication: Topographic Analysis of Intertidal Polychaete Reefs (Sabellaria alveolata) at a Very High Spatial Resolution

Read about the research findings from fieldwork as part of the BiCOME project over Noirmoutier Island (France) where a hyperspectral UAV was used to analyse the topography of Intertidal Polychaete Reefs.



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Project update  |  04 May 2022

BiCOME participants to present at Living Planet Symposium

There will be a significant presence from the BiCOME team at the ESA Living Planet Symposium which takes place between the 23rd to 27th May. The symposium is an important event in the field of Earth Observation, attracting thousands of scientists and data users. This year the conference will be held in-person at the World Conference Center in Bonn Germany.   

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