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Mapping Windrows as Proxy for Marine Litter Monitoring from Space Remote sensing for marine litter - WASP

Thu, 03/31/2022 - 18:01
Start Date: 
2022
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2022
Programme Reference: 
20-D-S-TEC-01-b
Country: 
UK
Contractor: 
ARGANS LIMITED
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

WASP is a data processor, developed in the frame of the ESA Discovery Campaign, exploiting Copernicus Sentinel-2 L1C images to detect and catalogue the presence of filaments of floating marine debris with high probability of containing anthropogenic litter. WASP takes advantage of the prototype Earth observation data processor developed in the frame of the ESA project ‘Earth Observation (EO) Track for Marine Litter (ML) in the Mediterranean Sea’ that successfully proved for first time that Copernicus Sentinel-2 data can detect the presence of marine litter accumulations as proxies of plastic litter content. The entire Sentinel-2 archive over the Mediterranean Sea was processed and following an in-depth analysis, a database of the identified proxies was created over the area. The final product is a map of sub-mesoscale marine debris concentrations in the Mediterranean Sea based on Copernicus Sentinel-2. The product consists of a census of these structures for each processed tile for the Mediterranean Sea, with potential for global scalability.

Application Domain: 
Earth Observation
Keywords: 
Marine Litter
Earth observation
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