The growing human demands on the environment are not without risk, and the challenge is to find a cost-effective and balanced set of tools for managers to discover the sites and sizes of production facilities, to understand their position in the human and natural environment, and to achieve a regional view on currently fragmented spatial management areas, where measures apply to regulate human impact on the natural environment. This is also recognized by the EU in its Blue Growth Maritime Spatial Planning challenge. This information is essential to assist managers in their efforts to conserve aquatic ecosystems and understand its natural capital.
Maritime spatial planning requires information on the location of activities and how these relate to the environment and management measures to inform decision making.
Key challenges include:
- Incomplete or non-existent information on the location of human uses (e.g. aquaculture facilities)
- Information on human uses, management and environment not easily accessible (in one place)
- Time consuming to collate and analyse the relationships between human uses, management and environment
BlueBRIDGE aims to address these specific challenges with the "Aquaculture Atlas Generation VRE" that effectively and efficiently produces aquaculture products (maps of human activity and natural zones) contributing to an aquaculture atlas compliant with NASO standards.