Intelligent Coastal-Urban-Bay CO2 Emission Studies

Intelligent Coastal-Urban-Bay CO2 Emission Studies

Intelligent Coastal-Urban-Bay CO2 Emission Studies 1000 540 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Southern University of Science and Technology – China

iCUBES’ mission is to develop an integrated, intelligent three-dimensional marine ecological monitoring system, encompassing space, time, and management dimensions.

iCUBES will concentrate on the Greater Bay Area adjacent to the Pearl River estuary. This region, dense in population and experiencing rapid economic growth, urgently seeks to harmonize the coastal ecosystem in concert with nature. Human activities have notably impacted the marine ecology here, leading to escalating algal blooms and oxygen-depleted zones.

The system developed by iCUBES will serve as the scientific foundation for marine ecological management, achieving carbon neutrality, and advancing negative carbon emissions in coastal-urban-bay complex areas globally through fruitful collaborations in applying it to other regions such as the Blanca Bay in Argentina, the Goa Bay in India, the Gwadar Bay in Pakistan, the coastal Alicante of Spain, and the Red Sea on the side of Saudi Arabia.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Global Ocean Negative Carbon Emission (Global ONCE).

Start Date: 01/01/2024
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Chuanlun Zhang (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 7- Ocean Observations, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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