BlueBRIDGE (675680) is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The goal of BlueBRIDGE, Building Research environments for fostering Innovation, Decision making, Governance and Education to support Blue growth, is to support capacity building in interdisciplinary research communities actively involved in increasing the scientific knowledge of the marine environment, its living resources, and its economy with the aim of  providing a better ground for informed advice to competent authorities and to  enlarge the spectrum of growth opportunities as addressed by the Blue Growth societal challenge.

Meanwhile, the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) is a non profit, private, research centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the Environment, Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and their electronic versions (hence E8). The overarching goal of ICRE8 is to promote the understanding and implementation of sustainable development, as the only non-self-destructive path of socio-economic development.

Central to ICRE8’s mission is the pursuit of excellence in the conducting and presenting research, and a commitment to exploring relevant environmental, natural resources and energy, issues for a variety of circumstances and stakeholders and across different temporal and spatial scales. Research tools include financial analysis, socio-economic modelling (mathematical and econometric), environmental valuation, political and institutional analysis, integrated environmental-economic modeling, life cycle analysis, risk analysis, geographical information systems, multi-stakeholder mediations techniques, game theory, information technology decision making tool development.

BlueBRIDGE, instead is focusing on the evaluation of the performance of an aquaculture operation based on a combination of socioeconomic, production and earth-observation based data sets. The evaluation consists of two parts:

  • Techno-economic evaluation of the operation of an aquaculture infrastructure, based on a cost-centric model.
  • Production simulation based on species-specific production models.


Collaboration Purpose

BlueBRIDGE and ICRE8 are working together in bringing social / environmental impacts into consideration when analysing aquaculture operation performance.

The joint work acts on conceptualizing the monetization of social / environmental impacts of aquaculture and combining this with the the specific techno-economic and production models generated in BlueBRIDGE, taking into account data and computational resources in reach.