Protection and conservation of wildlife

Platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and ARGOS data

Service platform and Toolbox for European Sentinel Copernicus Earth Observation data use for biologists, ecologists, scientists and ornithologists

EO4wildlife aims at building a platform who delivers operational services to the end users. The current project will enable the partners to integrate already existing building blocks into a homogeneous, powerful and operational platform, and in the mean-time open up the possibilities to research new approaches and offerings.

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4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

Coquimbo, Chile (September 4th– 8th, 2017)
4th International Conference on Fish Telemetry

4th International Conference on Fish Telemetry

Cairns, Australia 19-23 June 2017

ISESS 2017, International Symposium on Environmental Software System

Zadar, Croatia, May 10-12, 2017

37th International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

Las Vegas, USA (15-20 April 2017)

Ocean Business 2017

Southampton UK, 4-6 April 2017

From avian tracking to population processes #BOU2017

University of Warwick, UK (28 - 30 Mar 2017)

EU Research and Innovation in Support to the Earth Observation Market

Brussels, EC building (address TBC)

Reference Scenarios

The Application Layer design of the platform will be driven by different scenarios in the field of wildlife movements, habitats and behaviour. These scenarios represent the technical solutions to implement in order to address various problematic of the end users of the project: the Use Cases.

Predicting seabird distributions

Seabird tracking data and oceanographic variables can be combined to develop predictive habitat utilisation and species distribution models. Authorities could use these as dynamic management tools (e.g. fisheries, shipping, Marine Protected Areas) to help them make real-time decisions to protect seabirds.

Better Knowledge of pelagic fish's migrations routes and habitat use

The first objective of this scenario enables fish scientists to track pelagic species with light based geo localization devices and to get a state of the art estimation of the fish trajectory. A second objective is to enable analysing and understanding blue fin tuna behaviour or appearance correlated to environmental data of salinity, primary production and sea surface temperature during spawning season in the Mediterranean Sea (summer season).

Copernicus data for marine mammals and MPAs managers

This scenario will focus on setting up tools for Marine Protected Areas managers, to help them predicting the distribution of protected species such as marine mammals. This scenario takes place in some MPAs in the French Exclusive Economic zone.

Identifying marine turtle behaviours

The final objective of this scenario is to support scientists involved in marine turtle studies to predict turtles' distributions (through defined habitat preferences and environmental niches) using environmental data, to inform dynamic management scenarios.

Main Objectives

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Architecture a system to access Sentinel Earth Observation data

(level 2 and level 3 products, to be determined during the requirements phase), ARGOS databases of archive and real time, thematic databank portals such as seaturtle.org, wildlifetracking.org or seabirdtracking.org, and other Earth Observation and MetOcean databases; locally or remotely, and simultaneously.

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Design and develop an operational and easy-to-use platform to query, search, mine and extract information from these different databases.

End users will be able to fusion and cross correlate heterogeneous data via advanced data analytics methods in order to discover information, patterns, validate or invalidate hypothesis, detect potential similar or reproducible behaviour or favourable conditions associated to the movement of animals, oceanographic mobiles, or potentially any kind of geo localized mobiles.

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Provide additional functionalities via a toolbox

connections to other external databases (owner database), facilities to develop and run algorithms for dedicated data analytics, models and data visualization functionalities.

About Us

EO4wildlife team is a well-balanced consortium, covering the required multidisciplinary expertise to successfully carry out the required research tasks as well as to assure a manageable project structure. The project consists of partners from France, Spain and UK, supported by well-known international associations through an external Advisory Board.