About Aquaculture Atlas Generation VRE About Aquaculture Atlas Generation VRE

The Aquaculture Atlas Generation VRE supports the generation and the review of aquaculture maps for offshore fish farms and coastal ponds. These maps are generated using satellite Earth Observation imagery. For the detection of aquaculture fish farms, high resolution optical satellite images are used together with new semi-supervised algorithms embedded into the CLS ©ACUITY software. For the detection of coastal ponds (and rice paddy fields), a dedicated algorithm has been developed and applied on Copernicus Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Sentinel-2 multispectral data acquired in 2014-2017. For the sake of comparison, a similar but simpler method can be applied on Landsat-5 acquired in 1994-1997. Three use cases are provided: Greece and Malta for fish farm detection, and Sulawesi, Indonesia for coastal ponds and rice fields.


The output maps are visualized in an integrated map-viewer. For Super User (i.e. thematic expert), this VRE enables the editing of attributes, the validation and publication of OGC-compliant data and catalog entries. The VRE relies on BlueBRIDGE data services to manage users and content. The initial VRE aim is to contribute maps to the FAO National Aquaculture Sector Overviews (NASO). It can be also useful to support Maritime Spatial Planners..


This VRE allows to perform the following tasks:

  • Visualize generated geospatial data
  • Access to information at farm (feeding systems, farm material, farm design, fish species) but also cage levels (size, shape)
  • Edit attributes at farm level (for Super User only)
  • Overlay with Copernicus Sentinel-1 images
  • Compare the footprint of coastal ponds and rice paddy fields, and check their evolution over 20 years
  • Validate the attributes at farm level, and publish the results in a geonetwork catalog (for Super User only)

This VRE is currently equipped with the basic VRE facilities:

  • Workspace: for sharing objects of interest;
  • DataMiner: with a geographic proximity tool enabling to compute the closest NASO farms;
  • Social networking area: for supporting the discussions among members;
  • User management facility: for managing membership.

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About BlueBRIDGE About BlueBRIDGE

This VRE has been created in the contest of the BlueBRIDGE project. BlueBRIDGE supports capacity building in interdisciplinary research communities actively involved in increasing scientific knowledge about resource overexploitation, degraded environment and ecosystem with the aim of providing a more solid ground for informed advice to competent authorities and to enlarge the spectrum of growth opportunities as addressed by the Blue Growth Societal Challenge.
BlueBRIDGE capitalizes on past investments and uses the proven D4Science infrastructure that counts over 2000 users, integrates more than 50 repositories, executes around 20,000 models & algorithms per month and provides access to over a billion records in repositories worldwide, with 99,7% service availability. 
For more information about the project please visit us at http://www.bluebridge-vres.eu/