The Atlantic Pilot would enable the exchange of information between the Oyster producer (ExporSado) and the research centre (IST) and the creation of fit-for-purpose products and services. IST will provide meteorological, oceanographic and watershed modelling outputs to ExporSado in order to gain understanding in the variability of oyster growth associated to environmental conditions. Continuous in situ observations will be collected during the lifetime of the project and will serve to evaluate the quality of modelling results and remotely observed products.
Remote sensing products and numerical modelling results will be compared with continuous in-situ observations and will provide high temporal and spatial information that can aid in decision making. Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models will be adapted to the Portuguese oyster and will allow monitoring the performance of this species to environmental changes.
This pilot will be capitalized at two levels: at the regional level due close relationships with other oyster producers in the Pilot area and at national due to their involvement of ExporSado as a board member in the Portuguese Association of Aquaculture (APA, on its Portuguese acronym).