The main objective of BOOMS is to provide the best possible characterisation of seascapes. The project will produce a >10-year time series of seascapes with a 4-km spatial resolution at a monthly and weekly frequency at the global scale. BOOMS will combine these data with biodiversity related data sources, from existing in-situ data, and ocean circulation modelling to address the following objectives:

  1. Identify and characterise critical applications (Science Case Studies) of remote sensing to study open ocean biodiversity, with a focus on dynamic seascapes.

  2. Develop a global dataset and evaluate its application for each Science Case Study.

  3. Engage with the community of biodiversity stakeholders (scientific and Early Adopters) and the remote sensing community throughout the project.

  4. Define the activities necessary to utilise current and planned sensors to detect measures of marine biodiversity; or define new approaches, if the existing ones are not considered capable to fulfil the targeted science objectives.

The project will undertake the following activities to achieve these objectives:

  • Design and implement a novel research plan that will consolidate and advance the current understanding of the Open Ocean biodiversity with wide-ranging consultation with relevant stakeholders. 

  • Develop prototype products (and a product validation plan) and perform a thorough validation of the derived products. 

  • Generate and Validate a 4D Biodiversity Experimental Dataset. This will take advantage of computational efficiencies found in Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning.

  • Conduct Ocean Health Impact Assessment Use Cases (that transfer science into solutions for society) working together with scientific, agency, policy and commercial early adopters.

  • Conduct Ocean Health Science case studies which address key scientific questions of open ocean biodiversity, focussing on different trophic levels: phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish.

  • Develop a science agenda and scientific roadmap ideally in the form of a peer-reviewed paper, posing questions and challenges that need to be addressed. The resulting document will also have the potential to lay the foundation for future scientific research. The roadmap is other international efforts, together under a holistic framework together with BOOMS. 

  • Coordinate and promote international networking and partnerships contribute to ESA/EC workshops and create a white paper, with cross-cutting promotion, communication, and education activities, and through peer-reviewed publications. 

  • BOOMS will be an Open Science project, where data, knowledge and results will be shared freely. Datasets and publications will be open access with full transparency, methodologies and source code will be shared openly with team members and external partners.