How we do it: Use of Earth Observation for monitoring of aquatic environment

The Sentinel satellites of the European Union’s Copernicus programme have brought the monitoring of aquatic environment to a new era. These satellites offer frequent overpasses, long term availability of images and good data quality, which enables building powerful new monitoring tools. Earth Observation (EO) satellites capture optical or microwave images of the Earth. The optical … Continue reading How we do it: Use of Earth Observation for monitoring of aquatic environment

People behind the scenes: marine geologist Peter Slagbrand

I’m a marine geologist with the Geological Survey of Sweden in Gothenburg. At the moment I go through the data we collected last year to see what remains to be done this field season. We plan to spend four weeks in the Swedish pilot areas surveying with multibeam and sub-bottom profiler and sampling the seabed. … Continue reading People behind the scenes: marine geologist Peter Slagbrand

How we do it: modeling of potential habitats for Fourleaf mare’s tail

One of the aims of the project is combining the data from Sweden and Finland and seeing what we can glean from the full data. One thing you notice very quickly from a full dataset is an absence of a species from one country, when it is present in the other. Especially if it’s a … Continue reading How we do it: modeling of potential habitats for Fourleaf mare’s tail

People behind the scenes: Jaakko Haapamäki

When working in the field of marine conservation, at some point someone usually ask you is if you are a biologist or a geographer. I’m neither as I am an environmental planner, which means that I know a bit about both fields. I first started by doing marine field work for Centre for Economic Development, … Continue reading People behind the scenes: Jaakko Haapamäki

Unique habitats: Artificial Reefs

An artificial reef by definition is a man-made underwater structure usually built for a purpose of promoting marine life. It is widely accepted in the scientific community that artificial reefs are very beneficial. They can increase local populations such as algal growth, coral reefs and fish. They also can prevent coastal erosion and force waves … Continue reading Unique habitats: Artificial Reefs