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    Feb 12, 2019

    SeaPulse – Tackling the existing gaps of Operational Oceanography


    Ana Ferreira (BioMarine Community Manager) 

     

    Realizing the considerable gap between the scientific advances in Operational Oceanography and the actual methodologies being used for the implementation of coastal and offshore projects, a team from CIMA (a Research Centre from the University of Algarve, south Portugal) created SeaPulse. We met João Janeiro at the Blue Invest in the Mediterranean event in Malta, and he explained us everything about SeaPulse

    [CLICK HERE to access the PDF document of the interview]

     

     A bit of background knowledge before we dive into SeaPulse

    Starting from the beginning, and to further explain all about SeaPulse, it’s important to prepare a base for the ones not familiar with operational oceanography and metocean data science. The first, ocean observations combined with numerical models, are used to generate information about past, present and future marine conditions. The second applies scientific methods to extract new insights and knowledge from ocean and meteorological data (temperature, salinity, wind, etc).  All this information is then manipulated to originate reports that make sense to the companies, supporting all their operational decisions. As João clearly explains “We are working in an interface between oceanography and IT and its crucial that the latest data and innovative methods are used to have a really good quality output.  

     

    Groundbreaking innovation to support marine operations

    Everything started with a master’s degree at the University of Algarve. Three colleagues realized that, during decision processes for marine and coastal management, there was a huge gap between the scientific advances and the practical implementation. João explained better “Although there are many studies (for example) on the functionality of coastal erosion, there are still many coastal management actions being made based on obsolete ”
    João adds that “unlike other industries, oceanography experiences a weaker connection between science and the industry. And this is precisely what we want to solve! We want to be an interface between the latest scientific innovations and the industry”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leveraging on the technological advances, SeaPulse is now reaching for the market

    The idea to start a consulting company was quickly validated in 2010 through a program at the University of Algarve, where the team won an award. Back then, the amount of data required to build predictive models from scratch implied a long and expensive process for companies to support.  More recently they realized that “the scientific experience and the market knowledge enabled us to develop more efficient products and services. Also, the technological advances of the blue economy allowed for an ever-increasing amount of data to be available, decreasing the costs!”. Finally, the increasing need for optimization and environmental concern during marine operations was the ultimate big push. “This was the right opportunity for us to provide innovative and accessible products and services!” João concludes. 

     

    The products and services provided by SeaPulse

    The team is focused on the aquaculture, insurance and Oil&Gas industries, where they aim to provide: numerical models for predicting information about the ocean (e.g.temperature, waves); consulting activities for the elaboration of technical reports and emergency bulletins (e.g. analyzing the evolution of oil spills or toxic algae blooms); and best route analysis. The solutions are vast and co-developed with each client. João adds that “we are aiming for an online repository with all products available, that can further be adapted to the client’s needs”. 
    But in the end, what is the big difference between them and other solutions? As João clearly states “Our interface between science and business is the key. We are always up-to-speed with the latest knowledge and technology in the field, and we use it to create innovative methodologies, and that makes a great difference”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The products and services provided by SeaPulse

    The team is focused on the aquaculture, insurance and Oil&Gas industries, where they aim to provide: numerical models for predicting information about the ocean (e.g.temperature, waves); consulting activities for the elaboration of technical reports and emergency bulletins (e.g. analyzing the evolution of oil spills or toxic algae blooms); and hazard/risk analysis. The solutions are vast and co-developed with each client. João adds that “we are aiming for an online repository with all products available, that can further be adapted to the client’s needs”
    But in the end, what is the big difference between them and other solutions? As João clearly states “Our interface between science and business is the key. We are always up-to-speed with the latest knowledge and technology in the field, and we use it to create innovative methodologies, and that makes a great difference”

     

    Want to know more info about SeaPulse?

    Click HERE or contact the team through the BioMarine Community!

     


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