ESA’s Open Space Platform: Detecting Plastic Marine Litter from Space

A total of 26 innovative projects submitted via ESA’s Open Space Platform will kick off this summer, to better detect and track seaborne plastic litter using satellites. These projects address different problems, solutions and approaches, from using existing remote sensing technology in novel applications, to exploring new technologies to monitor marine litter, through developing new data processing, modelling and experimental techniques including approaches based on artificial intelligence. Every project has the potential to improve our ability to monitor floating plastic from space, and thus provide the data necessary to propose appropriate solutions. For information on the selected projects see the ESA website.

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