SeaStatus

Innovative Technologies for Quantification of Sea Status


Seas and coasts are considered key drivers of the economy (Blue Growth) by EU and OECD. Through sustainable exploitation of the marine ecosystem, we ensure a continued contribution to human welfare, whereas overexploitation have severe consequences for the natural capital. The key to sustainable balanced human exploitation of marine resources is precise knowledge of existing conditions and accurate predictions of anthropogenic pressures.

SeaStatus combine innovative monitoring with new models for decision-making, and hence, support sustainable exploitation of the marine environment by improving the knowledge base and predictability of management scenarios.

The project is funded with 10 mio. DKK from the Danish Innovation Fond (IFD).

Project description

Worldwide the sea is considered a driving force for economic growth. Therefore, one of the biggest challenges for today's society is to ensure a balanced exploitation allowing for growth in marine industries but with minimum impacts, securing healthy seas for future generations. A key to success is the availability of methods and tools that can provide precise quantitative knowledge about the status of the sea and accurate assessment of effects and consequences of human pressures to allow for optimal use of the marine environment. Development of such tools is the goal of SeaStatus.

SeaStatus will exploit the potential of combining novel and traditional measurement techniques with ecosystem modelling to improve the information basis for decision-making. New routines for standardisation, integration and processing of large and differentiated data sets are required in order to extract the embedded information and integrate this into model-based decision support tools. Applying a broad range of classical and new statistical analyses, rooted in data mining and big data analytics, as well as grey-box and mechanistic modelling approaches, we will develop a framework for improved real-time description and predictions of the marine environment. The focus on adaptive management and easily accessible models that provide estimates of uncertainties and allow for risk assessments is new in ecosystem management.

Project concept



The aim of SeaStatus is to develop a range of decision support tools for intelligent marine ecosystem management allowing for optimal use of marine resources at minimum impact. This is achieved by combining novel and traditional measurement techniques and data processing algorithms with models allowing for a continuous updating of the environmental status and improving the information basis for management. SeaStatus will develop ICT tools for consultants and environmental managers that continuously integrate knowledge on ecosystem processes with observations. Hence, SeaStatus will contribute to a paradigm shift for optimal ecosystem management to the benefit of society, and strengthen the international competitiveness of Danish consultants.

The overarching innovative concept of SeaStatus is the integrative exploitation of the increasing amount of new environmental data-rich sources like on-line sensors, remote sensing, ferry-box data and underwater imaging with ecosystem knowledge and modelling. Presently, such technologies exist but routines for standardisation and integration into management tools are still lacking. However, applying a broad range of classical and new statistical analyses, rooted in data mining and big data analytics, as well as environmental modelling approaches (grey-box/mechanistic), we will develop a framework for improved real-time description and predictions of the marine environment. Adaptive management tools, using easily accessible models with estimates of uncertainties and allowing for risk assessments, are new in marine ecosystem management.

SeaStatus addresses the entire value chain from data acquisition, quality assurance, data integration and assimilation (DA) and embeds the developed methods into robust ICT tools (data processing & integration, modelling) readily available for consultants and authorities for new EIA services and efficient and sustainable ecosystem management tools, products and services, which are unavailable today.

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