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Winner of the Ocean Data Challenge

The World Economic Forum's open innovation platform UpLink has selected planblue as one of the winners of its Ocean Data Challenge. This awesome honour is a great support in the journey to scale up.


Where to Find Us in 2023

We will be presenting, attending, and tabling at a variety of events throughout 2023, and would love to take the opportunity to connect with interested stakeholders.


Happy World Seagrass Day!

Happy World Seagrass Day! Seagrass meadows are one of the most important and overlooked ecosystems on our planet. They provide a vital habitat for a vast array of marine life, from tiny plankton to majestic sea turtles. Not only do seagrass meadows foster biodiversity, they also play a critical role in maintaining ocean health by stabilizing sediments, absorbing carbon dioxide, and producing oxygen.


High-Quality Blue Carbon Principles

Planblue is excited to announce the launch of the High-Quality Blue Carbon Principles and Guidance, a document developed by the Meridian Institute, co-sponsored by Salesforce, World Economic Forum's Friends of Ocean Action, Ocean Risk Allaince, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.


Field Tests for Marine Plastic Detection

After almost a year of work within the MtecPla Project, it was finally time for a field test. Planblue took the DiveRay, our underwater satellite monitoring system, to a lake in northern Germany called Hemmoor.


Planblue receives EIC Grant & Geospatial World Award

We know more about Mars than we know about the seafloor. Because flora and fauna play a crucial role for our climate and are a large food and job provider we need innovative technology to monitor their health.



Hardware Development: DiveRay

In November 2019, our CTO Guy returned to the island of Guam in the Western Pacific. Together with Prof. Tom Schils and his team, Guy monitored the island’s coral reefs with the new and improved planblue technology.


Software Development: FieldGuide & SeafloorAtlas

Planblue is committed to protect our oceans. By providing easy-to-understand seafloor maps we enable decisionmakers to find solutions for global problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.


Underwater Hackathon 2021

After spending much of 2021 in the home office, our team decided to plan its very first hackathon with the aim to work on our process from data acquisition to data analysis. This was the first time in 2021 that the whole team saw each other in a long time without the help of technology – to say we were excited is a bit of an understatement.

Data Scientist Mischa Ungermann and Development Engineer Nils Öhlmann during testing in the pool of the DFKI. Image: Tobias Winkelmann / planblue


Pool Tests for Marine Plastic Detection

After half a year of development and planning within the MtecPla Project, we were excited to finally test the capabilities of our detection systems with specially prepared sediment plastic mixtures under controlled laboratory conditions.

ZIM MtecPla Kickoff Call


Project Start 'MtecPla'

In the research project ‘MtecPla’, planblue, together with the University of Stuttgart, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Kurt Synowzik Werkzeug u. Maschinenbau (KSW), is advancing its technology further and taking marine litter monitoring to the next level.


Technology Demo - Portugal, Sept. 2020

We are very excited to officially announce our technology demo in Cascais, Portugal in September 2020. Together with our partners Municipality of Cascais and SeaForester we will host several

Joost den Haan at TEDxBremerhaven


Joost at TEDx Bremerhaven

Our CEO Joost den Haan gave a TEDx Talk recently and it is now online. Go check it out to find out more about his passion for the seafloor and why he believes that studying and understanding it is crucial to change the way we interact with the underwater world.


Return to the University of Guam (NASA EPSCoR)

In November 2019, our CTO Guy returned to the island of Guam in the Western Pacific. Together with Prof. Tom Schils and his team, Guy monitored the island’s coral reefs with the new and improved planblue technology.


University of Guam (NASA Geocore)

In September 2018, Joost visited the island of Guam (USA). Together with Prof. Tom Schils from the University of Guam, he scanned coral reefs using the PlanBlue technology. This project was executed as part of the NASA Geocore program.


Seafloor restoration in Southern France

In July 2018, we monitored seafloor restoration efforts in Monaco / Southern France, together with the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and AMPN. This project is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Follow-up projects are scheduled early 2020.

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