SeaBee and the Norwegian coast
The Norwegian coastline is more than 100,000 km long. The coast is where people live and enjoy the marine environment, and where industry and society interact in many different ways.
Society urgently needs better infrastructure to map and monitor where land meets the sea, so we can better understand environmental changes, assess climate impacts and manage the consequences of human activities. This is where the SeaBee Research Infrastructure can play a crucial role.
Flying, floating and underwater drones can revolutionise mapping and conservation of marine environments in Norway. Not only can drones reach areas of the coastline which are inaccessible by people, drones can collect high resolution data which are then efficiently analysed in cloud computing infrastructure.
“SeaBee is a cross-disciplinary project that aims to build a research infrastructure with the aim to provide drone services to research and mapping and monitoring authorities.” – Kasper Hancke, SeaBee project coordinator, NIVA
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What does SeaBee offer?
- Detailed, adaptive planning of field campaigns
- Expert drone operators with state-of-the-art drone and sensor technology
- Collection of drone images and data about vital marine species and coastal habitats
- Processing using machine-learning and cloud infrastructure
- Visualisation and interpretation of the results by scientific experts
- Provision of quality-assured decision support for coastal management
SeaBee cooperates with drone and sensor-related companies and provides research opportunities for students.
“The team of SeaBee makes something possible that no one has done before: combining the knowledge and the end users in marine biology, knowing what the management authorities know and all in close collaborations with engineers and computer scientists” – Kasper Hancke, SeaBee project coordinator, NIVA