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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Atos Research & Innovation Digital Show

Madrid, Spain

EO4wildlife Final Event

Toulouse (France) at the Cité de l’espace - Altair room

The ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

ESA-ESRIN; Frascati (Rome), Italy

European BIG DATA VALUE forum

Vienna, Austria

14th International Seabird Group Conference

Liverpool, 3-6th September 2018

27th International Ornithological Congress

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; August 19-26, 2018

4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium

Toulouse, France

iEMSs 2018

June 24-28 2018, Fort Collins, USA

EO4wildlife Platform

A first version of the platform was released to the project partners at the end of 2017, and provided already a wide new set of features, including the access to new datasets with smart data downloading and management mechanisms, the integration of new processing services, various improvement on platform usability (ergonomic issues, securing, user feedback...) and on interoperability issues (in particular to support tracking data from various sources such as Seabirds or Seaturtle platforms or to provide an open endpoint for any external application to automatically push data to the platform) and a completely new visualization panel for tracking and metocean data.

Since February 2019 the EO4wildlife platform is open for external users to test it, providing a more extensive and scientifically accurate description of the processing service it offers and improving the ergonomics and usability of the platform by addressing all the feedbacks gathered from our community of users. As a new functionality this version also allows users to chain processing services and thus define reusable and configurable workflow of services.

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 bluefin tuna behaviour or appearance correlated to environmental data of salinity, primary production and sea surface temperature during spawning season in the Mediterranean Sea.

Assessing marine mammal habitat preferences to inform conservation and management

This scenario will focus on setting up tools for Marine Protected Areas managers to help them monitor important marine mammal areas and better predict the distribution and habitat preferences of tracked or surveyed species. 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 defining 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.