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Innovation in the World of Drone-Based Research

Norwegian Infrastructure for Drone-based research, mapping and monitoring in the coastal zone.

What is SeaBee?

SeaBee is a cutting-edge project bringing together experts from a variety of fields to establish drone-based infrastructure to be used for scientific research. The goal is to create a cohesive national network, enabling both people and universities to share and use data, collected with drones, to better understand Norway’s natural environment. This will in turn allow SeaBee to use this newly created drone content to train a machine learning algorithm, helping to automate the data analysis process and in turn, allowing researchers to do their important work faster, better, and more efficiently.

A Norwegian collaborative project

The primary outcome of SeaBee will be the improvement of our understanding and management of Norway’s coastal habitats, animal populations, water quality, and plastic distribution – all of which are projected to be impacted by climate change and continued development and exploitation.

SeaBee will inform and assist national/regional policymakers and managers in fulfilling their obligations towards sustainable development and integrated management of coastal regions, and towards international conventions such as the EU Water Framework Directive and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Through cooperation with drone and sensor-related companies, SeaBee will foster industry innovation and growth. SeaBee will also promote education and provide research opportunities for students through collaborations and joint activities with high schools, universities, and research institutes.

SeaBee will place Norway as a pioneer for coastal drone operations internationally.

Digital Video Expert, Technology and Innovation

GRID-Arendal

Advisory Board

University of Tromsø

Advisory Board

University of Exeter

Advisory Board

University of Southern Denmark

Advisory Board

Miljødirektoratet

Financial Advisor, Project Controller

NIVA

Coordinator, Project Support

NIVA

Senior Research Scientist, Project Co-Lead

NIVA

Senior Research Scientist, Project Lead

NIVA

Associate Expert, Technology and Innovation

GRID-Arendal

Communications Officer

GRID-Arendal

Head of Programme, Technology and Innovation, WP 6 Lead

GRID-Arendal

Senior Scientist

IMR

Senior Research Scientist, WP 5 Lead

NIVA

Lead GIS Developer, Technology and Innovation

GRID-Arendal

Research Manager, WP 4 Lead

NIVA

Research Scientist

NIVA

Senior Research Scientist, WP 3 Lead

NR

Professor, WP 2 Lead

NTNU

Research Manager, WP 1 Lead

NIVA

Activities

Testing out and fine-tuning SeaBee’s capabilities through field studies. Check out our activities here!