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, Freshwater and Coastal ecosystems.

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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  |  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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Project update  |  12 April 2022

Regional newspaper reports on BiCOME drone mapping fieldwork

French regional newspaper Ouest France recently reported on the drone mapping of intertidal areas in Mont Saint-Michel bay as part of BiCOME fieldwork.   

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Project update  |  10 January 2022

The BiCOME project kicks-off!

Last October marked the launch of the Biodiversity of the Coastal Ocean: Monitoring with Earth Observation (BiCOME) project, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

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