How can digital traces help to identify and represent human interactions with fragile coastal socio-ecosystems?
The livelihoods of more than 3 billion people depend on coastal marine ecosystems. The "FUTURE-OBS: Augmented Observatory for coastal socio-ecosystems" project is a pioneering initiative to advance the understanding of coastal socio-ecosystems in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressures.
The livelihoods of more than 3 billion people depend on coastal marine ecosystems. Still, pressures driven by human activities and climate change increasingly threaten the sustainability and resilience of these tightly interdependent socio-economic and environmental ecosystems. Long-term observation of coastal environments, biodiversity, and associated socioeconomic uses is critical for understanding the functioning and dynamics of such socio-ecosystems, risk management, and evaluating public policy relevance.
Methods and objectives
The FUTURE-OBS project is a pioneering initiative to advance the understanding of coastal socio-ecosystems in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressures. The project combines traditional ocean observing methods with cutting-edge techniques such as environmental genomics and in situ biodiversity imaging. By using social media data to monitor human interactions with these vulnerable spaces - the work package led by the médialab - the project pushes the boundaries of what is possible to observe and understand these complex systems.
The project's trans-disciplinary work in high-risk areas such as marine façades, marine protected areas, and aquaculture areas represents an exciting opportunity for collaboration between scientists and operational stakeholders.
Fundings and partnership
International Coordination : Eric Thiébaut & Fabrice Not (Sorbonne Université)
Fundings : ANR-21-OCEAN
- Fondation nationale des sciences politiques,
- réseau des universités marines : Université Littoral Côte d’Opale, Université de Nantes, Université de Bordeaux, Université de Montpellier et Aix-Marseille Université,
- Office français de la biodiversité