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Blue Economy

Our Blue Economy Programme identifies and creates opportunities to embed satellite technology and data‚Äč into services and solutions that enable sustainable growth within the Maritime environment, aka ‘Blue Growth’. Our role is to understand the challenges faced by those working in this environment, raise awareness of satellite capabilities, and work in collaboration with potential customers and the wider satellite sector to develop innovative solutions.

The world’s oceans and coastlines are an essential and valuable resource. The shipping industry, fisheries, tourism, the oil and gas sector all depend on the long-term sustainable development of the marine environment.

‘Blue Growth’ strategies to enable these sectors to thrive and support new opportunities in aquaculture, marine biotechnology and renewable energy must also protect this vital habitat.

In this vast ocean terrain, satellite services underpin the intelligence gathering requirements to support Blue Growth and are the critical infrastructure to deliver global connectivity. Satellites provide surveillance capabilities for maritime operations and fisheries, and environmental data to support development and enable us to monitor the impact of these activities on marine habitats.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Combatting illegal fishing and the provenance of legal fishing. We are collaborating on initiatives that fuse numerous data sources including satellite positioning, Earth Observation and vessel data and applies advanced computer algorithms to provide an accurate, trustworthy picture of human activity on the oceans. These new services are addressing the challenges of illegal fishing, monitoring Marine Protected Areas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and supporting supply chain transparency.

Aquaculture monitoring services

Working with partners, we are supporting research and data visualisation for aquaculture development including the potential for offshore operations. We are also exploring the potential to integrate satellite services for agriculture with aquaculture to develop enhanced coastal environmental monitoring.

Shipping Efficiency and Connectivity

Smart ships, offshore asset monitoring and maritime cyber security. Our data integration and situational awareness platform brings together data acquisition, data management, data analysis, visualisation and interactive design into a reusable technology and will be available for UK business to rapidly prototype and deliver solutions. The team is also exploring new challenges for data transfer and cyber security at sea in the era of smart ships.

Port and Hinterland Development

Supporting efficient operations. We are exploring opportunities for satellite capabilities to support operational efficiency and monitoring of the environmental impact of ports, including end-to-end container tracking, scheduling and connectivity with the hinterland transport network (rail, freight and airports).

Coastal Monitoring and Protection

Environmental impact assessment and sustainable economic growth. We are working with companies providing satellite services to support coastal and littoral zone development including satellite bathymetry, marine habitat mapping, coastal change detection, flooding and erosion modelling. The team is also exploring opportunities for the provision of services to the leisure marine industry, and environmental services to support coastal infrastructure management from power stations to offshore wind farms.

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If you would like more information, or to discuss opportunities, please email: programmes@sa.catapult.org.uk

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