The "Wildlife Tracker for Oceans" is a geo-framework dedicated to the real-time assessment of Marine Protected Areas - MPAs. The software is able to retrieve live feeds from Satellite Constellations like Argos for animal tracking and Copernicus for ocean bio-physic data. Thanks to advances in geo-technologies the processing and visualisation of data can happen on the fly.
Wildlife Tracker geo-framework is powered with a graphic interface that lets visualise the movements of marine megafauna with a real-time feed. Additionally, with the support of Blue-Cloud, it is possible to include the hotspot of Phytoplankton concentration, with different levels of depth. The geo-framework supports the assessment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) delimitation based on meaningful spots of marine wildlife.
This project is dedicated to marine scientists who are willing to discover:
- How the Phytoplankton hotspots influence the marine megafauna movements.
- To what extent the movements of marine megafauna and Phytoplankton concentration help the delimitation of MPAs.
Wildlife Tracker for Oceans is aiming for supporting the protection of marine megafauna based on real-time geospatial technologies and promoting marine spatial planning based on conservation efforts from anthropogenic threats.
With specialised users, the tool can help to the proper delimitation of MPAs including the meaningful spots of marine megafauna. It is known as meaningful to those places where hotpots of Phytoplankton overlap the marine megafauna movements. Our team is inspired by ocean life and pristine ecosystems! Focused on real-time wildlife monitoring, eager to create a geo-framework that supports the assessment of marine protected areas.
Discover this application in our webinar, featuring the experts who have designed and developed it, enhancing it thanks to the Blue-Cloud Hackathon 2022.
- Marine Protected Area Managers
- Movement ecology researchers
- Marine scientists focused on conservation efforts
- Fishing planning authorities
- Water remote sensing professionals
The webinar welcomed attendees from key organisations in the marine domain, including UNESCO, SOCIB, CMCC, as well as in research, such as EPFL, CNR-ISTI, University of Salento, University of Aveira, Kyushu University.
- 15:00 - Federico Drago, Trust-IT, Blue-Cloud communication manager - Brief introduction about Blue-Cloud and hackathon
- 15:10 - Bryan Vallejo, University of Tartu, MSc Geoinformatics - Wildlife Tracker for Oceans and Blue Cloud implementation
- 15:20 - Sofia Green, Ghent University, MSc Marine-biological resources - Use case in Galapagos Islands
- 15:30 - Tran Ngo, University of Tampere, MSc Environmental Engineering - Blue economy model of Wildlife Tracker
- 15:40 - Promo video presentation
- 15:45 - Q&A
Providing access to data resources & interoperable tools for open marine science and applications: Blue-Cloud featured in AtlantECO podcast
The AtlantECO podcast is a science popularisation show, revolving around conversations between the host and a guest to discuss aspects of AtlantECO, a marine science project which focuses on the Atlantic Ocean. The 23rd of November episode of the AtlantECO podcast series was dedicated to Blue-Cloud.
Blue-Cloud Open Science platform as a model for a sustainable Data federation in EOSC: workshop at the EOSC Symposium 2022
The Blue-Cloud model, with its 16 services and million datasets openly available, was discussed during a dedicated session organised on the 17th of November at the EOSC Symposium, the main annual event of the European Open Science community taking place this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
Blue-Cloud highlighted as a successful use case for the Copernicus WEkEO DIAS, enabling marine researchers to access, combine, and share quality environmental data.
Collaboration, cooperation and shared visions are the foundations of every successful synergy. Creating open science platforms to facilitate the use and reuse of oceanic data is a team work activity, and cannot be achieved by one project alone. Blue-Cloud poses special attention to this aspect for creating valuable cooperation among projects operating in the Blue Economy and Marine Research and over the course of the last three years has established strong synergies with initiatives in this area to foster the adoption of its innovative open-science solutions.
For the first time, Blue-Cloud will be a data provider in the Ocean Hackathon organised by Campus Mondial de la Mer, supporting exciting challenges for marine research and the blue economy.
The Wildlife Tracker for Oceans has developed a marine conservation application exploiting data from the Blue-Cloud VLab Zoo & Phytoplankton EOV products. On 26 July the team held a webinar to show how this app was successfully implemented for the Galapagos Whale Shark Project.