BRIDGES will investigate the potential of gliders for exploration and mapping regarding living resources in the water column and at the seafloor. The international Convention on Biological Diversity has established that it is critical to achieve conservation and long-term sustainable use of marine and coastal living resources in a manner that respects both societal interests through the exploitation of living resources and the integrity of ecosystems. As the relevance of micro-organisms to the discussion of ocean resiliency and marine resource management is becoming central in marine sciences, gliders and their sensors will play a central role as they are particularly suited to observe the micro-organism level and the associated biodiversity at the relevant space and time scales
Glider configurations and missions will be designed for the exploration of pelagic marine microorganisms for marine resource exploitation and management. As benthic habitat can provide resources, but can also be affected by marine activities like offshore aquaculture, glider missions with hybrid propulsion at the bottom will be also considered.