SeaBee Out and About

The SeaBee experts have been busy, out and about sharing how SeaBee Research Infrastructure can be used, testing new possibilities and implementing the SeaBee Data Pipeline in coastal research and environmental monitoring activities.  

SeaBee at C-BLUES EU kick-off meeting   

There is a lot to discover about blue carbon ecosystems – seagrass meadows, tidal marshes, mangroves and macroalgae. The C-BLUES project aims to significantly advance knowledge and understanding of blue carbon ecosystems to reduce scientific uncertainty, improve reporting of blue carbon, and promote the role of blue carbon in delivering climate policy commitments.  

At the kick-off meeting (held 14-17th April in Barcelona), SeaBee coordinator, Kasper Hancke (NIVA), presented how SeaBee and drones can contribute to efficient mapping and monitoring of blue carbon habitats across a range of coastal environments and how drone data further can be developed into tools for assessing:

  1. ecological status of coastal systems,
  2. species and biomass of marine vegetation,
  3. development for estimating stocks and content of blue carbon, with relevance to sustainable management and research on climate regulation. 

C-BLUES will join forces with the already running Horizon Europe project, OBAMA-NEXT.  

C-BLUES is a Horizon Europe Framework project running from 2024-2028, funded under the call for EU-China international cooperation on blue carbon (HORIZON-CL5-2023-D1-02). 

Group picture at C-BLUES kickoff meeting, 14th – 17th April in Barcelona.
SeaBee at remote sensing seminar at MDIR 

Miljødirektoratet (MDIR) hosted a seminar on remote sensing for Norwegian environmental monitoring and mapping on the 23rd April, 2024.

SeaBee co-coordinator, Hege Gundersen (NIVA), presented the KELPMAP project on using drones for mapping and identification of kelp and underwater vegetation.

KELPMAP develops novel tools for kelp forests mapping using drone products and machine learning-based image classification, and the results demonstrate that drone images can be used to identify klep forests to a water depth of at least 10 m.

MDIR and Norwegian Space Center funded SeaBee to developing the tools to map kelp forests and other habitats for improving marine management actions. 

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