Introducing an innovative approach to detecting Marine Litter in coastal waters around the world. The EO Tracking of Marine Debris in the Mediterranean Sea project utilises high resolution earth observation data to detect floating debris in the marine environment. This European based consortium will lead the development of this cutting edge technology. Using a debris detection processor developed by the consortium to analyse Sentinel-2 images, they can detect rafts of litter and vegetation floating on the sea surface.
Marine debris has been an issue for many years, but as the use of plastic continues to increase, marine debris is beginning to affect the marine environment in extremely detrimental ways. Understanding where and how debris travels once it has entered the marine environment is crucial knowledge to mitigate the environmental and negative socioeconomic effects of widespread marine debris.
Approximately 5-10% of all of the world’s plastic can be found in the Mediterranean Sea, which is roughly 5-30 thousand tonnes of plastic (Suaria et al, 2016) and as ESAs Sentinel-2 satellite provides full coverage of the basin, it makes the Mediterranean Sea a prime location to develop and train a processor that can detect debris from space.
Learn more about marine litter here.
The EO Processor
EO Processor For Marine Debris Detection
Using data from the Sentinel-2 Multispectral Imager, the processor will identify marine debris in the coastal waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This platform will provide the basis to track marine debris in the future using a series of models.
Living Planet Poster
University of the Aegean Validation Campaign
Living Planet Symposium
ARGANS, is a UK-registered company with headquarters based in Plymouth UK, offices in Sophia-Antipolis and Brest, and staff located in London and Southampton.
We are specialists in satellite-based Earth Observation, remote-sensing applications and services, and geographical information systems used to map and monitor the marine, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. The team at ARGANS are also industry standard professionals in coastal charting through the application of satellite derived bathymetry.
ARGANS offers satellite mission solutions across a range of services, including development of ground segment algorithms and applications, data quality assessment and validation, or operations on behalf of space agencies, while keeping a strong scientific expertise in remote sensing science.
The company has forged strong partnerships through joining consortia both as prime and sub-contractor with UK, European and International entities: companies, research institutes, universities and individual scientific consultants.
In association with our partners :
University of the Aegean
Leaders in marine research and host to the Marine Remote Sensing Group. Have conducted multiple experiments using artificial plastic targets to further remote sensing of marine litter work.
University of Cádiz
Focussed research on large-scale data analysis of marine litter, with emphasis on the societal and management challenges it poses. Recent work looks at the source of plastic inputs to the Mediterranean.
Conduct research projects in the Mediterranean area, looking into climate change and pollution issues. Involved in many environmental big data projects across Europe.