SeaBee will be testing out its infrastructure and equipment to develop and fine-tune its capabilities in a real-world setting. Several field studies and surveys are planned as part of the project. Collecting data on the ground, using both traditional benchmark methods, new technology and drones during the project’s establishment phase, will enable validation of SeaBee’s drone products and further improve on their automated generation. SeaBee will also be taking advantage of existing and future national data collection programs to support field campaigns in areas such as the monitoring of coastal ecosystems, seabirds, marine mammals and surface water applications.
Though SeaBee’s practical applications are mostly linked to the WP5 objective of providing ground-truth data for drone product validation, there is close collaboration with WP3 to produce validation protocols for research, mapping, and monitoring applications.