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Coastal Habitat Mapping

This SeaBee application focuses on developing protocol for habitats in the coastal zone, including seafloor substrate types, subsurface vegetation (such as seagrass, seaweed, and kelp), and other management-relevant species, such as blue mussels, the invasive Pacific oyster, and opportunistic turf algae. Points collected in the field will guide annotations for use in machine learning procedures.

Activities have been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, logistics, and seasonal limitations, but are now starting in 2021.


Several organisations within SeaBee will be focusing on different aspects of Coastal Habitat Mapping:

  • NIVA – Led by Trine Bekkby
    • NIVA has a survey planned for Autumn 2021 in Oslofjord and one in Møre in Spring 2022. In 2021, the focus will be on seagrass meadows, including their dynamics, properties, and health variations. The team will be visiting the same locations throughout the season, starting from Autumn 2021.
    • If possible, NIVA will also cover seaweed beds, beds of the invasive Pacific oyster, and other habitats in the vicinity of the seagrass beds. Blue mussel beds will also be covered if they are found near the planned surveyed areas.
    • Beach deposits are already being mapped in collaboration with a project with a PhD exchange student from China.
  • NINA
    • NINA will be focusing on salt marshes. NINA staff will most likely be joining NIVA during their fieldwork, looking for salt marshes in the vicinity of seagrass meadows, and using NIVA drones.
  • NTNU
    • Fieldwork is planned in Hopavågen in May and September 2021, covering silt, sand, rocky seabed, kelp forests, and patches of seagrass.
    • NTNU will be focusing on gathering Hyperspectral images using aerial and surface drones, validated with different kinds of technology, and field surveys
    • NTNU has six new students this year who will be working on the SeaBee project.