Why is it important?

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, instead of overexploitation leading to severe consequences for the natural capital.

The key to a sustainable human exploitation of marine resources is precise knowledge of existing conditions and accurate predictions of anthropogenic pressures.

Project highlights:

Developing novel algorithms to derive water quality information and map marine habitats from Copernicus data in high spatial and temporal resolution

Novel and traditional measurement techniques and data processing algorithms are combined with models allowing for a continuous update of the environmental status and improvement of management practices

SeaStatus will develop a range of decision support tools for intelligent marine ecosystem management allowing for optimal use of marine resources at minimum impact

In more detail..

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

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.

The project is funded with 10 mio. DKK from the Danish Innovation Fond (IFD) and runs from 2017 - 2020.

DHI GRAS is contributing to this by:

  • Developing novel satellite-based products on water quality and marine habitats
  • Working closely together with the modelling community to integrate different data sources
  • Advising authorities and private entities on how they can best utilize satellite-based information in their monitoring activities

Innovation Fund Denmark:

The overall aim of Innovation Fund Denmark is to support the development of knowledge and technology, including advanced technology, in order to strengthen research and innovative solutions that may benefit growth and employment in Denmark.