Automatic image annotation of underwater video imagery with artificial intelligence techniques and machine learning algorithms

The increasing need to gather large-scale data on the distribution and conservation status of deep-sea benthic species and habitats could resulted in the development of low-cost imaging tools to facilitate the access to the deep sea. In this context, the Azores Deep-sea research group developed the Azor drift-cam, a cost-effective video platform designed to conduct rapid appraisals of deep-sea benthic habitats.
Deadline - 31 / 01 / 2022

Distribution modelling of oceanic megafauna towards dynamic ocean management

Place-based management is a common strategy for managing ocean activities and safeguarding vulnerable species and their habitats. Generally implemented as a static approach, such strategies aim to separate apparently incompatible activities from vulnerable marine species. However, static conservation strategies cannot account for the dynamic nature of pelagic ecosystems in which marine megafauna reside, nor can they deal with the dynamism of human activities threatening megafauna taxa.
Deadline - 31 / 01 / 2022

Mid-Atlantic Ridge seascapes: Tools to understand deepsea connectivity

The Deep-sea, which comprises almost all the oceans volume (90%) is considered the largest ecosystem on earth. However is also one of the least known. Marine organisms show a strong habitat selection. Dynamic water mass properties affect the distribution of species adults, juveniles, eggs and larvae that inhabiting the three spatial dimensions of the ocean. However to date there is no full understanding of the main drivers of their distribution.
Deadline - 31 / 01 / 2022

Ecosystems and biodiversity in island, coastal and inland regions

Global declines in biodiversity have motivated an incredible research effort towards a better understanding of how biodiversity affects ecosystem functioning and humanity [Cardinale et al 2012]. Agricultural intensification, forest degradation and flow alteration are recognized as major threats to freshwater biodiversity [Reid et al 2019].
Deadline - 31 / 12 / 2021

Circular economy and natural resource management for sustainable development

Sustainable development in urban areas is intimately related to our ability to know, recycle, reuse and evaluate the impact on natural resources derived from end-of-life products and processes. From the environmental point of view, this approach is absolutely critical to ensure an enduring and sustainable use of the natural resources, as well as less pollution and economic development in line with eco-efficiency, which will consequently lead to an improvement in the quality of life of the population in urban areas.
Deadline - 31 / 12 / 2021

Accounting, monitoring and sustainable use of the oceans and natural resources

Informed decision for oceans management, policy and the Sustainable Development Goals is in urgent need of novel methodologies that integrate and process the vast and diverse types of information related to social, environmental and economic variables of island, coastal and inland regions. Social and economic factors sometimes collide with environmental ones, therefore requiring for new reasoning approaches and a new generation of policies related to the natural resource management.
Deadline - 31 / 12 / 2021

Circular bioeconomy and the valorization of the coastal region for the sustainable development of the Caribbean region

Presently, there is a growing interest in the exploitation of marine resources for the development of value-added products. Moreover, the increasing concern on sustainability and environmental challenges demand a transition to a circular economy while promoting the valorization of residues and by-products. In this regard, the exploitation of industrial by-products and/or residues deriving from the seafood industry presents high innovation potential.
Deadline - 31 / 12 /2021