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 visualization of data can happen on the fly. 

Wildlife Tracker geo-framework is powered with a graphic interface that lets visualize the movements of marine megafauna with a real-time feed. Additionally,  with the support of BlueCloud, 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 delimitation based on meaningful spots of marine wildlife.

This project is dedicated to marine scientists who are willing to discover: 1) how the Phytoplankton hotspots influence the marine megafauna movements, 2) 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.

With specialized users, the tool can help to the proper delimitation and protection 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. The team is inspired by ocean life! Focused on real-time wildlife monitoring, eager to create a geo-framework that supports the assessment of marine protected areas. 

Willing to be supportive, the Wildlife Tracker aims also to be included as a tool in the Blue-Cloud Catalogue for the real-time assessment of MPAs. Especially for those scientists dedicated to wildlife tracking.


The Challenge


Plankton are the fabric of marine ecosystems. They support the Ocean food webs and our fisheries, and they produce an estimated 50% of the Planet's oxygen. However, in spite of successful efforts to gather a wealth of data, our knowledge of plankton remains difficult to analyse with integrative approaches. With your help, we can hack available plankton Big Data to address important knowledge gaps.

This pilot joined Challenge 1A - How might we map hotspots of plankton diversity and identify geographic gaps in our knowledge using currently available plankton data sets?

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Marine Wildlife Trackers

  • Team Lead
  • Blue Economy Director
  • Conservation and Marine Resources
  • Content Creator