European Space Agency (ESA)... A Bloomin' Project For Coastal Waters (Imagery)
Resembling the brush strokes of French Impressionist Claude Monet, electric blue-coloured plankton blooms swirl in the North Atlantic Ocean off Ireland in this Envisat image. Plankton, the most abundant type of life found in the ocean, are microscopic marine plants that drift on or near the surface of the sea.
[SatNews] A new ESA project led by Irish industry is putting satellite data to use...
While individually microscopic, the chlorophyll they use for photosynthesis collectively tints the surrounding ocean waters, providing a means of detecting these tiny organisms from space with dedicated 'ocean colour' sensors, like Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS), which acquired this image on May 23, 2010, at a resolution of 300m.
...for monitoring the quality of coastal water. The Irish minister for Research and Innovation is supporting this initiative, in line with the country’s job creation priorities. The project, led by Ireland’s TechWorks Marine, working with Greek company Planetek Hellas, will combine satellite observations with data from ocean buoys to deliver timely, high-quality information for water and waste management operators. This initiative not only aims to improve water quality, but also provides a new opportunity for growth in Ireland.
Ocean temperature in the Irish Sea as measured by satellites. Light purple indicates cooler waters from the runoff along the coasts, while dark purple shows warmer waters.
Credits: Medspiration project
Initial service trials will be run in northwest Ireland’s Donegal Bay
, where a large waste water treatment facility is operated by Veolia Water Ireland. Trials will also take place in the Middle East, where they operate major desalination facilities. Charlotte O’Kelly
, Managing Director of Techworks Marine, noted that the project, which is jointly funded by the ESA Strategic Initiative
and the Earth Observation Envelope Programme
, wil,l in the future, rely on data from the Sentinel-1
The project, led by Ireland’s TechWorks Marine working with Greek company Planetek Hellas, will combine satellite observations with data from TechWorks’ own ocean buoys to deliver timely, high-quality information for water and waste management operators.
Credits: TechWorks Marine