LandSeaLot is a four year Horizon Europe funded project that will apply novel approaches  to help achieve the goals of the  EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” and the wider objectives of the EU Green Deal.

The 20 partner consortium will work to bring together the fragmented land-sea interface observation communities across various scientific domains to co-design and develop an integrated, optimal, and robust observation of the land-sea interface.

Observing the Land-Sea Interface: A vital undertaking

Coastal regions sustain dense populations and vital economies, hosting a multitude of activities in the land-sea interface (LSI). However, this prosperity comes with its own set of challenges. Balancing conflicting interests and uses, such as fisheries, aquaculture, energy production, tourism and transportation, is key to maintaining the delicate ecological balance of these regions, thereby allowing coastal communities to thrive. Land-sea interface observations of both salt and fresh water systems play a key role in supporting the generation of science-based knowledge needed to inform decisions, enable communities to evaluate trade-offs, discuss desirable futures, and take action.

…and for society at large

Adding to existing pressures, the resources produced in coastal regions and shelf seas are expected to increase dramatically, e.g., as much as six times for food and 40 times for energy. The need to reconcile ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation with the increasing demand for energy, food and bioresources from the sea is more pressing than ever.

LandSeaLot: Harnessing the potential of coastal regions to build climate resilience via enhanced observation of the land-sea interface

Recognizing the potential of the land-sea interface to enhance biodiversity, promote carbon sequestration, and strengthen climate resilience in coastal regions, the Horizon Europe project “LandSeaLot” aims to harness this potential by conducting thorough studies of the land-sea interface, where terrestrial and marine habitats meet. This will be achieved through integrating and enhancing existing coastal observation efforts -including in-situ, satellite, modelling and citizen science.

Specifically, the project will:

Bring together the best existing scientific expertise in various domains to co-design a strategy on how to observe the land-sea interface, engaging with all key stakeholder groups.

Seek better integration and collaboration between communities working in the land-sea interface, linking in situ observations and citizen science with satellite observations and models.

Expand the number of in situ observations, using low-cost observation technology.

Generate new observational data and integrated information products will be made FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible) through their assimilation into European Initiatives such as EMODnet and Copernicus services and to the observation component of the European Digital Twin of the Ocean (i.e. A European initiative to develop a digital replica of oceanic systems and processes).

We look forward to the output of LandSeaLot in terms of improved process understanding, monitoring and prediction capabilities for a wide range of phenomena impacting coastal populations”