Observations for a greater understanding
The answers to the research questions can only be addressed by the combination of observations of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs, Pereira et al., 2013) with environmental variables (e.g. temperature, river discharge) and estimates of direct drivers.
The BiCOME project will develop and demonstrate that 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.
To achieve this ambitious goal, the approach consists of adapting established robust global ocean colour satellite datasets (Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative, OCCCI) to work close to the shoreline, by applying the latest improvements on satellite processing for the coastal zone and by preparing for the advent of operational hyperspectral satellite imagers.
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).
This 2 year project started in October 2021 and will complete in October 2023.