This challenge will focus on the use of satellite imagery in the Maritime domain. Most of the world’s goods are transported in the high seas, this domain will continue to grow rapidly thanks to globalization. Even with the AIS (Automatic Identification System) that help us locate ships, the enormous size of seas makes it difficult to monitor the different legal and illegal activities. Such activities include illegal fishing, drug and cargo smuggling. A better risk assessment thanks to satellite data could be extremely valuable to both governments and insurance companies.
Together with our expert partners from Windward, you will have the opportunity to discover how geospatial imagery combined with AI can help us generate meaningful insights in the field.
In all challenges we encourage you to
merge EO (Electro Optical) and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) data
combine low and high resolution images
add relevant data from other reliable sources
Here are some suggestions that would help you sail with your imagination:
Identify ships and verify the registered AIS data
In this challenge you’ll have to detect ships, estimate sizes and analyze the direction of movement. These results will be compared with the data from our experts at Windward.
Monitor activities around special areas of interest
Most of the sea traffic is located in areas such as ports, straits and canals. AIS data can help monitor traffic patterns and changes but it still has some limitations. Since AIS is not always required by all, certain ships can deactivate their signals hence will not be detected by AIS alone. This is exactly where space imagery can help! We challenge you to create time span analysis that will add a layer to the existing AIS technology and will be able to generate new data regarding maritime traffic in special areas of interest.
Emissions and oil spill control-
- Every ship/vessels/oil rig out there have carbon footprint (Carbon dioxide emission) that can exceeded regulatory standards - causing massive greenhouse gas air pollution.
- Every vessel contain huge amount of oil, fuel etc. Too often- Oil/Fuel leaks hidden from the regulators by discharge dirty bilge water with those liquids into the ocean in international waters. Cussing severe damage to the ocean bio-ecosystem and pollute the water. To recognize and enforce it is a global mission getting a lot of attention from the EU, UN and other entities. How can we detect it from satellites in reasonable prices?
Depth measurement -from historical reasons- big part of the international ports are river ports (e.g locate at the river estuary to the ocean). Changes sands movements due to extreme weather events, human made dams and climate change effects dramatically on the ability to monitor the depth- importent factor in the port and it’s ability to secure safe entry of vessels.
Grounding of vessel (meaning vessel stuck on an underwater sand dune) can block port entry or specific berth- causing millions of $ losses for all involved stakeholders.
All the above getting additional relevancance when we consider Inland shipping - all the vessel traffic inside the rivers. Can we monitor it from space?
I have my own creative idea
DATA & LINKS
ISI – Image Sat International
IAI - Israeli Aerospace Industries Space division
Airbus - Airbus intelligence
Windward - Windward Maritime risks &AI
Copernicus project – open source data from the European Space Agency
NASA remote sensing – open source data and tool kit from NASA
NASA open source catalog code, data, API etc
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