The BiCOME (Biodiversity of the Coastal Ocean: Monitoring with Earth Observation) project aims developping and demonstrating that Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) relevant for scientific and monitoring applications can be obtained from state-of-the art remote sensing reflectance close to the shoreline, and that they can be scalable globally. BiCOME will focus on the sediment shores of intertidal benthic, the seagrass beds of subtidal benthic and the phytoplankton and macroalgae blooms occuring close by the coastal line.
This project is led by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, in partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) , HYGEOS and the University of Nantes. HYGEOS will lead the preprocessing of the Earth Observation data to ensure the continuity of the OC-CCI remote sensing reflectance toward the near-shore areas by integration of the advances of the CERTO project R&D (Polymer advanced atmospheric correction algorithm including adjacency effects, for S2/MSI and S3/OLCI) on the OC-CCI processing chain to obtain the global near-shore BiCOME remote sensing reflectance product.
The kick-off meeting of BiCOME should be held in October 2021.