15 experts debate in Taliarte (Gran Canaria) on new sensors and monitoring tools for the marine and coastal environment

EuroMarine brought together 15 experts from different international organizations from Monday 17 September to Wednesday 19 September at ASIMO (Autonomous Systems for Integrated Marine and Maritime Observations in Coastal Areas), an international workshop on new perspectives, sensors and tools for monitoring the marine and coastal environment.

 

This meeting, which took place in the Marine Science and Technology Park of Taliarte, thanks to the collaboration of the Institute of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ECOAQUA, which acted as host, was organized jointly by entities from three other European countries: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Aqua - Denmark; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Norway; and Instituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) - Italy.

 

Development of new environmental sensors, underwater robotics, environmental mapping and monitoring, coastal ecology and automatic learning focused the program of these days, with the aim of improving the understanding of stress factors and impact on marine ecosystems, providing tools for accurately mapping and monitoring available resources, and providing reliable data and products for different sectors of activity, something that will help reduce the risks of construction, installation and operation of future infrastructures, thus ensuring more investment and income in the aquatic field.

 

The marine economy is expanding rapidly and is expected to outpace the growth of the global economy over the next fifteen years, while climate change will affect ocean ecosystems and their services. These factors will have a major impact on the oceans as we know them. 

 

New offshore wind farms and aquaculture facilities, substantial increases in tourism in coastal areas, new transport routes and increased port related activities are the likely scenarios that will affect European waters in the future. To be environmentally sustainable and economically effective, the large investments expected in the blue economy sectors require a better understanding of the changing oceans and their processes, which is why EuroMarine seeks with this workshop to improve data collection and environmental monitoring mechanisms in European coastal ecosystems.

 

EuroMarine is an European network of research organisations specialised in marine sciences that was founded in 2014 with the main objective of supporting the identification and initial development of important research or emerging scientific themes and associated methodologies in marine sciences, as well as to foster new services relevant to the marine scientific community. The EuroMarine consortium is the result of the merger of the scientific communities associated with three former European networks of excellence:

 

- EUROCEANS

- Marine Genomics Europe

- MarBEF.