A primary objective of the PREDICT project is a coordinated program of coastal ocean observations that will be used to validate, calibrate and extract as much information as possible from satellite earth observation data. We will integrate these datasets to generate models that can be used to predict environmental change. These models will contribute to future planning in a diversity of areas such as coastal mapping, flooding prediction, marine habitats and fisheries, climate change, environmental protection and policy.
The project is organised through four work packages that reflect the project’s objectives: from in-situ water and sediment properties to prediction modelling. The validation process is a fundamental component of the proposed workflow, and ground truth observations (existing and generated during the project) that provide baseline information will be central to this.
Implementation will be accomplished using a suite of open source tools such as satellite data and validated with comprehensive ground-truthing of water and sediment chemical, biological and physical properties.