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Biodiversity of the Coastal Ocean: Monitoring with Earth Observation (BiCOME)

The BiCOME project will develop and demonstrate that Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), relevant for scientific and monitoring applications, can be obtained from state-of-the-art remotely sensed reflectance close to the shoreline, and that they can be scalable globally. By addressing relevant scientific and societal problems.

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Working together to gain a greater understanding of Earth's ecosystems

BiCOME will help us better understand how the community structure and function of coastal ecosystems will respond to the anthropogenic and natural drivers in a changing climate.

The project is one of three studies that form part of the European Spacy Agency's 'Biodiversity+ Precursors' on Terrestrial (EO4DIVERSITY), Freshwater (BIOMONDO) and Coastal ecosystems (BiCOME).

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Biodiversity pilots

The project will focus on five pilot study sites:

Plymouth Coast, UK / Auray estuary, France / Vembanad, India / Mozambique, Africa / Martinique, Carribean
World map showing dots on the 5 pilot sites

Latest updates from the project

Project update  |  13 November 2023

BiCOME attending International Ocean Colour Science Meeting 2023

This week Victor Martinez-Vicente will be at the International Ocean Colour Science Meeting 2023 in Florida where he'll be co-chairing a Breakout Workshop about marine biodiversity metrics from space. He will also be presenting a poster on BiCOME and BOOMS project work.

The details of both sessions are below:

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Project update  |  01 May 2023

BiCOME work presented at EGU General Assembly 2023

Avi Putri Pertiwi and Dimosthenis Traganos from the BiCOME project had their work presented at the recent EGU 23 Assembly. The Assembly welcomed 18,831 registered attendees from all over the world bringing together geoscientists to cover all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

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Project update  |  20 October 2022

New publication: Monitoring the marine invasive alien species Rugulopteryx okamurae using unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites

A new paper has been published with work supported by the BiCOME project. The research demonstrated how UAV and high resolution satellite Remote Sensing can be used to measure anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems.

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