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Fugro enhances ocean habitat mapping technology by joining forces with PlanBlue

By Eric Van Rees - 4th March 2024 - 07:01

Fugro and PlanBlue are teaming up in a strategic partnership to advance habitat mapping technology, a significant move for both companies as they integrate new mapping technology and digital solutions within Fugro's existing systems.

The aim is to enhance and broaden Fugro's hydrographic solutions by incorporating cutting-edge technology such as advanced imaging and AI-based processing and deploying it across different platforms like remote and autonomous underwater vehicles. This collaboration targets the improvement of habitat mapping solutions, systematically studying and documenting the characteristics and distribution of critical marine ecosystems such as seagrass and corals. Habitat mapping helps in understanding their ecological importance, assessing their condition, monitoring changes over time, and informing conservation and management efforts.

Roughly 75% of the ocean floor remains unexplored. Even the parts we have explored lack detailed information, especially regarding the ocean's impact on climate and food security. The development of this new capability aims to improve the speed, accuracy, and scope of underwater mapping, leading to better decisions for ocean conservation and use.

PlanBlue's expertise in advanced imaging and AI-based data processing is set to gather crucial information about the ocean floor and its ecosystem. This partnership, leveraging Fugro's industry knowledge, aims to develop solutions that meet industry needs while championing environmental conservation.

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