Innovative Approaches for Marine Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment of Conservation Status of Nature Values in the Baltic Sea (Acronym - MARMONI)
Pollution, fishing, physical modifications, agriculture and other human activities exert pressure on marine species and their habitats. Thus, the countries bordering the Baltic Sea have legitimate concerns about its environmental status. Nutrient enrichment (eutrophication) is the greatest threat to the Baltic Sea ecosystem. It causes phytoplankton blooming which results in toxic secretions. The pollution threats of the Baltic Sea are transnational; therefore a unified approach is necessary tackle this problem. Calculation of chlorophyll concentration in water bodies is the first step in developing a sustainable water management solution for the Baltic Sea.
Using the latest airborne remote sensing data we monitored phytoplankton concentration and mapped the shallow water environment and underwater habitats. The innovative method provides a more accurate and comprehensive assessment of the marine ecosystem. To assess phytoplankton concentration we applied airborne remote sensing data analysis. The data were acquired by a high resolution RGB camera and hyperspectral sensor technologies.
Project duration: 01.10.2010 – 31.03.2015
Project Manager: Gatis Eriņš, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mob.tel. +371 26554613
The project is financed by: European Union LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity Programme
Coordinating Beneficiary: Baltic Environmental Forum – Latvia
Associated Beneficiary: Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Latvian Fund of Nature, Nature Conservation Agency, Baltic Environmental Forum – Estonia, Estonian Marine Institute, Finnish Environment Institute, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Aqua Biota Water Research, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
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