Marine litter signatures in SAR Images

Research dedicated to the exploitation of satellite data for plastic detection on the oceans worldwide.

Created by Lobelia Earth and isardSAT with the Oceanographic Institute of the Balearic Islands and funded by the European Space Agency ESA

Mireia research steps

Analysis and preparation of a ground truth marine litter dataset matching satellite image acquisitions


Processing of large volumes of SAR images and creation of an AI-based predicting model


Validation and automatic model operations, first in the Balearic Islands, with generalisation worldwide

The research is taking place in the Balearic Islands

The Oceanographic Institute of the Balearic Islands works with one the most complete marine litter datasets collected over a 10-year time span. Lobelia Earth is using it to analyse the potential of SAR images for the detection of plastic by training a model to identify plastic pollution from radar satellites, in oceans worldwide.

A new way for plastic detection in the sea, applicable worldwide

Space-borne radar technology provides all-weather, all-day, wide-swath images of the sea.

The high degree of flexibility of the space-borne SAR operation and its wide swath high-resolution imaging capabilities represents a unique and very powerful tool for ocean monitoring.