In early March 2023 we assembled for the first time a national consortium around subsea image analysis for marine biology research and monitoring. The meeting brought together major national data providers such as the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), Swedish National Dataservice (SND), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM), and the Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure (SBDI). We also had several partner companies and NGO’s participating who actively work in the field of marine environmental monitoring (Combine, BeGeospatial, SeAnalytics, Medins, Wildlife.ai) as well as academic institutes (Lund University, University of Gothenburg).
The objective of the meeting was to explain the current state of the KSO image analysis system, present scientific use cases, and discuss plans for further development and integration with existing research infrastructures.
The workshop was a great success! We presented and discussed tangible use cases including applications for habitat mapping, community composition analysis, invasive species impact assessments, fish stocks estimations in marine protected areas, and environmental impact assessments in relation to wind park construction. Based on the agreements we achieved in the workshop we will now work towards user support as well as consolidation and documentation of the infrastructure services for use in ecological research and biological monitoring in Sweden.