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The Blue Hub


The Blue Hub is the JRC in-house platform to exploit big data in the maritime domain to enhance global maritime surveillance and the understanding of what is happening at sea. Spatial data mining and knowledge discovery are used to deliver decision-support and intelligence for situational prediction, anomaly detection, activity mapping and trend analysis revealing shipping routes, fishing grounds, maritime trade etc. The Blue Hub research is designed to serve operational authorities for better maritime situational awareness, and policy makers by providing an evidence base and tools for analysis. Examples where this research is useful are impact assessments or evaluations of new measures for transport safety and security, improved maritime spatial planning and fisheries management. It has also been used to help understand and mitigate issues at regional scale such as ship emissions, risks of accidents or marine pollution. The project also aims to support the EU Maritime Security Strategy and the EU policy for the Arctic.