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Norwegian Infrastructure for Drone-based Research, Mapping and Monitoring in the Coastal Zone

Innovation in the world of drone-based research.

What is SeaBee?

SeaBee brings together experts from a variety of fields to establish drone-based infrastructure for scientific research. 

The goal is to create a cohesive national network, enabling sharing and use of data, collected with drones, to better understand Norway’s natural environment. SeaBee uses this newly created drone data to train a machine learning algorithm, helping to automate the data analysis process and in turn, allowing researchers to do their work faster, better, and more efficiently. 

A Norwegian collaborative project

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




SeaBee is financed by The Research Council of Norway, 2020-2025 under project no. 296478.