Terra Spatium SA, as a member of si-Cluster / Corallia, has funded from the NEPTUNE Blue Growth Accelerator under the HORIZON 2020 programme of the European Commission in cooperation with French SME “I-Sea SAS”. The 15-month World-BioCoast project aims at providing a new service relevant for the monitoring of natural coastal areas (tidal flats, salt marshes, coastal wetlands). The project focuses on Natura 2000 coastal areas. Its ambition is to elaborate habitat maps addressing regulatory typologies in order to help managers to draft and evaluate the impact of their own management plans. World-BioCoast will therefore be a major tool contributing to the preservation of some of the richest and most fragile environments in the world. Thus, the focus of the specific project is on the Natura 2000 sites of the Mediterranean region, which is considered one of the richest but also most fragile environment regarding biodiversity. The site that is selected is located in the South-East Evia, especially due to its complexity. In addition to this end-user-oriented central objective, World-BioCoast also includes major methodological innovations, the most significant of which involves testing and adapting machine learning algorithms, in particular 'deep learning' approaches to this new domain of application, and the enhancement of the processing chains of Earth Observation data. In the frame of this project, the EO data to be used will be Pleiades satellite imagery World-BioCoast will clearly highlight the benefits of using for habitat monitoring, enabling useful, precise and easy updates of coastal ecosystems inventories. Building on these foundations, World-BioCoast is expected to become the first habitat mapping service supporting European policies on the protection of natural coastal areas.
TERRA SPATIUM, Geoinformation and Space Products & Services S.A.