The European Space Agency (ESA) organized the 3d consultation meeting of Earth Observation (EO) Open Science in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on  25–28 September 2017 to explore new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This includes open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science and crowdsourcing, advanced visualization, e-learning and education of the new generation of EO and Data scientists.

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.

On Thursday 28 September, Anton Ellenbroek, FAO & BlueBRIDGE, presented the Aquaculture Atlas Production System VRE during the Visualization and Virtual Lab session. The progress of BlueBRIDGE data services and the integration with the CLS EODA and MAESTRO was demonstrated. The support of the eInfrastructure for the AAPS services to acquire and analyze EO data, and to store, describe, and share the aquaculture maps was explained. In particular, the capacity of the tool to combine data from different missions, such as Landsat, Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2, and the use of Copernicus data services was explained during the presentation.  

Click here to download the presentation: VRE for Aquaculture: how EO data can help the Blue Growth.


Screenshot of map-app to edit aquaculture features