AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remote Sensing information services (AQUA-USERS)
Funder: European Commission (EC)
Start date: November 2013
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End date: October 2016
With global population expansion, the demand for high-quality protein is rising dramatically, and fish farming is gaining importance to ensure food security. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector worldwide. Environmental conditions determine the growth and health of the produced species, while the production often releases large amounts of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Therefore, monitoring is needed on several levels.
AQUA-USERS worked to provide the aquaculture industry with user-relevant and timely information based on the most up-to-date satellite data and innovative optical in situ measurements.
PML played a key role in the project, leading the development of the satellite data archive and processing the entire ENVISAT time series (2002-2012) for aquaculture sites in Portugal and the UK, with a specific focus on the development of indicators for aquaculture management. This included indicators for harmful algal bloom events based on Earth Observation data which was developed by PML.
AQUA-USERS worked to provide the aquaculture industry with user-relevant and timely information based on the most up-to-date satellite data and innovative optical in-situ measurements.
Tools developed include a mobile AQUA-USERS app to support aquaculture users in their daily managment activities and a data portal providing access to the specialised datasets that have been created as part of the project. The mobile app allows users to view all recent data for their production sites whilst enabling them to upload new in situ measurements, record management decsions taken and review the impact of these actions.