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MAritime REsources of the BArents SEa: Satellite data driven monitoring in the context of increase of commercial efficiency of the fishery

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The main objective of the four-year project is to advance our capability to monitor the Barents Sea maritime resources focusing on the increase of the commercial efficiency of the fishery. It is anticipated that implementation of the developed monitoring system will result in significant reduction of fishing-boats waste of time spending on the searching of the fish shoals. Proposed monitoring system is based on the data available from the operating ENVISAT, RADARSAT, NOAA, MODIS and planning (e.g. TERRA-S AR) satellites. The main activity will be achieved through the progress in solution of the following tasks: - Identification of the governing physic-chemical factors/parameters and dynamical process governing plankton and fish behavior and distribution o ver the Barents Sea. - Development and validation of the satellite SAR and optical data driven method for the detection of the marine processes and phenomena (e.g. fronts, current convergence/divergence) associated with the zones of enhanced biological p roductivity. - Performance of the pilot monitoring of the Barents Sea based on the satellite and aircraft surveys, in situ hydrological and biological (zooplankton, fish) polygon survey by the research vessels, and hydrodynamic and ecosystem numerical si mulations with use the operational models; - and finally, development of the prototype of the monitoring system, demonstration and promotion of this system to the potential users. The project consortium consist of 4 Norwegian and Russian teams (NERSC, Bergen; NIERSC and RSHU, St.Petersburg; PINRO, Murmansk) of the world-wide recognized expertise, and possessing all the necessary resources for the execution of the proposed project. This research project includes also the element of educational activity: involvement of four RSHU master degree students and three PhD students (two at RSHU-NIERSC, and one at NERSC) will be directly linked to the project.