Project Duration: 08 Jan 2024 - 09 Feb 2024
Seagrasses, forming vast marine meadows in shallow salt waters from tropics to the Arctic, are vital for biodiversity. They provide habitats for fish and shellfish, supporting local coastal economies. Moreover, they stabilise sediment, absorb wave energy, and contribute significantly to carbon absorption, making them crucial allies in combating climate change.
The declining health of Posidonia oceanica meadows in the Mediterranean Sea is a pressing concern, attributed to climate change and various human activities. These meadows, crucial for their ecological significance, are in jeopardy due to factors such as warming, ocean acidification, coastal urban development, fishing, and aquaculture.
This decline has led to a substantial loss of goods and services provided by these ecosystems. While P. oceanica is the most vital and studied seagrass species in the region, there has been a limited effort to collate and provide a comprehensive distribution of these meadows. This lack of information impedes our ability to effectively address the regression of these critical habitats.
Success metric definitions
Data cleaning and preprocessing
Data preprocessing, Modelling, Comparison with habitat suitability models
Deployment : public dashboard for data visualisation