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Plastic waste and the Black Sea, monitoring litter at Sea and on the land from Sentinel-2 data

Fri, 06/16/2023 - 11:50
Start Date: 
2020
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2021
Programme Reference: 
20-D-T-TEC-01
Country: 
UK
Contractor: 
ARGANS LIMITED
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The Project 'Plastic waste and the Black Sea, monitoring litter at sea and on the land from Sentinel-2 data' was funded by the Discovery element of ESA's Basic Activities, and it had the following objectives:

  • To facilitate systematic marine debris detection by Earth observation for tracking them before they beach, if ever, by improving a detection algorithm already sketched and tested, and develop a true detector from it
  • To test various methodologies for the detection and identification of terrestrial illegal dumping sites

 

The core topics were:

  1. To improve the capacity of previously developed marine litter detectors (tested for South-East Asia’s dramatic pollution situation, and in the Mediterranean Sea) to ’sense’ small amounts of litter
  2. To provide an estimation of the uncertainty depending on the observation conditions

 

An algorithm to detect terrestrial illegal dumping sites was developed, with the ultimate ambition to frequently update data on potential sources of plastic for the ocean drift model.

This was the key novelty of the project as only a handful of studies have focused on the ability of Earth observation to detect terrestrial debris.

Project website at Argans: https://www.argans.co.uk/proj-blackseaplastics.html

 

Application Domain: 
Earth Observation
Technology Domain: 
16 - Optics
Competence Domain: 
5-Radiofrequency & Optical Systems and Products
Keywords: 
Marine Litter
plastic litter
transport modelling
sentinel 2
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