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Unique habitats: Sandbanks

If you ever stand on a shallow sand deposit and try to determine, whether it’s a sandbank or not, you’re not the only one wondering about it. The EU habitats directive tells us that the Natura 2000 habitat 1110 sandbank is predominantly shallower than 20 m and is always covered by water, and it may … Continue reading Unique habitats: Sandbanks

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

We have it, you don’t

The nature in the northern Bothnian Bay in the SEAmBOTH area is in many ways similar on the Swedish and on the Finnish side. Sure, the Finnish side is more flat and the shores do not slope as fast as on the Swedish side, but both have large river estuaries, many lagoons and bays, with … Continue reading We have it, you don’t