A sustainable management of the ocean and the resources is needed to encompass the impacts of future anthropogenic pressure and forecasted climate changes. This can be achieved through the use of cost-effective next generation transdisciplinary tools to enhance our capability to assess the biodiversity status of oceanic regions and discover key indicators of anthropogenic and environmental changes. [New paragraph]
Innovative solutions in several biotechnological fields, computational science and engineering exist to create new tools for the ocean observation and sustainable exploitation with value creation for the industry and improved capability for regulators and environmental managers. Our vision is to provide new tools and advanced algorithms for effective habitat mapping:
- Automate 75 % of the todays manual post-processing work
- Improved quality of habitat mapping
The new technology will be achieved through a multidisciplinary approach where marine biologists are working together with experts within image processing and machine learning.
NORCE has a solid expertise within image/video analysis and processing. Image quality and content analysis will let operators rapidly select high quality images or video frames containing interesting objects, e.g. target species and environment. Advanced machine learning technology can achieve automatic species detection and recognition, and consequently improve the processing of survey video for marine habitat mapping.