Webinar: Innovative services to monitor the spatial distribution of human activities, 2 February 2018, 11am CET


In the context of the Blue Growth strategy, the need for services that collect and combine Environmental Observation (EO) data with aquaculture data has been identified by the EU. In this context, fundamental services are needed to monitor the spatial distribution of human activities including aquaculture and fishing, allowing for performance analysis based on environmental and socio-economic indicators. This webinar highlights VREs that support a computing intensive ontology driven feature analysis of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and multispectral optical imagery (using Sentinel-1 and -2 data, and Very High Resolution optical imagery), where the results are displayed on maps for human reviewers. The first VRE is specialised in recognizing offshore fish farming in Greece, whilst the second is specialized in identifying coastal aquaculture ponds in Indonesia. 

Webinar: The Global Record of Stocks and Fisheries, 25 January 2018, 3pm CET


GRSF is designed to handle the information on stock monitoring that countries perform directly or through the Regional Fishery Bodies (RFBs). GRSF contributes to enhance the global monitoring by i) collating records from either national or regional sources, ii) organizing and storing stock information according to specific data standards and protocols which allow comparability between records and consistency of the database, and iii) assigning and publishing Global Unique Identifier for single stock standard identification. 

The Tuna Atlas VRE


The Tuna Atlas VRE is a tool to handle public domain data from various (Tuna) Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (T-RFMOs). Data include catches, fishing efforts and size frequencies of the species managed by the five tuna RFMOs. Tuna Atlas provides services to discover the available datasets at regional and global levels, extract them in several formats widely used by the scientific community (e.g. CSV, NetCDF, SDMX) and visualize them in an interactive web-viewer of indicators and maps. It also includes tools for the users to generate their own Tuna atlas by applying own processing (e.g. applying specific choices for scientific corrections) on the tuna RFMOs data.

Webinar: "Managing tuna fisheries data at a global scale: the Tuna Atlas VRE" presentation and recording now available!


On 18th January 2018, 3pm CET BlueBRIDGE hosted the webinar: "Managing tuna fisheries data at a global scale: the Tuna Atlas VRE" that presented how, through the Tuna Atlas VRE, users can easily produce their own datasets of fisheries at regional, multi-regional or global scale, and how they can share these datasets in ways that allow other users to access, process and visualise them efficiently. 

NetCDF made easy at BlueBRIDGE. Try the new NetCDF Converter


Many research communities working in biology and related fields are committed to building and preserving a wide collection of environmental and species distribution data. In order for these communities to be able to carry out their studies in a fast and efficient manner, the data needs to be well organized, meticulously described and possibly represented in a standard format  that enables re-use. In fact, the Network Common Data Format (NetCDF) is a self-describing, machine-independent data format that is meant to represent and store array-oriented n-dimensional data, widely used by many communities and research institutions as a standard. 

What’s the impact of climate change on Ice Concentration and Sea-Surface Temperature? BlueBRIDGE makes over more 60 maps available


BlueBRIDGE has "mapped the future" in a harmonized set of climate forecasts and maps of biotic and abiotic parameters for use in ecological models and climate change-related analyses. The maps are based on data of the AquaMaps Consortium and the NASA Earth Exchange Platform.

Do Giant Squids really exist? We know that they do and where they are, thanks to research carried out by CNR-ISTI, Italy, who have produced the first digital distribution map of Architeuthis dux


It has long been considered a legendary creature, so mysterious and elusive as to create doubts on its actual existence. But not only does the giant squid exists, it’s now possible to trace its habitat with a certain precision. A team of researchers at CNR-ISTI in Pisa, Italy, has just completed the first digital map that estimates the distribution of this enormous mollusc on a global scale in the seas of our planet. 

Pufferfish are invading the Eastern Mediterranean: BlueBRIDGE helped scientists and the public understand this phenomenon


Hundreds of new alien species have been encountered in the coastal environments of the Mediterranean Sea in recent decades, including the poisonous pufferfish Lagocephalus sceleratus. The H2020 BlueBRIDGE project (www.bluebridge-vres.eu) has used data mining techniques to estimate the spread of this pufferfish in the Mediterranean Sea and to develop a general purpose approach, which can also be applied to other species.

The DI4R session organised by BlueBRIDGE "Pioneering EOSC thematic domains: the Blue Growth case and beyond", 30 November 2017- Presentation & PPT now available


On 30th November 2017, BlueBRIDGE organised a session: Pioneering EOSC thematic domains: the Blue Growth case in Brussels, Belgium. The session provided an overview of how a set of pioneering initiatives are already putting into practice the vision of the thematic EOSC in different domains. It addressed aspects of federation, networking and coordination of RIs for the purpose of improving the services provided to research communities and increasing cooperation, sharing and reusability across them.

Webinar "New generation tools for Aquaculture": Presentation and recording available


On 22 November 2017, 12:00pm CET, BlueBRIDGE organised a webinar "New Generation Tools for Aquaculture". The webinar focused on the BlueBRIDGE tools that aquaculture producers can use to estimate the performance of their production exploiting state of the art Machine Learning methods based on the real historical production data. 

Over 50 participants from around Europe attended the webinar.