13 Apr '16, 4pm

How Satellites and Big Data Can Help to Save the Oceans

How Satellites and Big Data Can Help to Save the Oceans

How Satellites and Big Data Can Help to Save the Oceans With new marine protected areas and an emerging U.N. treaty, global ocean conservation efforts are on the verge of a major advance. But to enforce these ambitious initiatives, new satellite-based technologies and newly available online data must be harnessed. by douglas mccauley An illustration of ship traffic in 2015. View gallery. Photo: Global Fishing Watch Over the past century, rampant overfishing, severe pollution, and runaway coastal development have taken a huge toll on the world’s oceans. Now, however, two major advances in global ocean governance are quietly unfolding, offering hope that the early decades of the 21st century will mark a turning point in which humanity can begin to repair the global seas. Yet a key question remains: Will the new availability of sophisticated, satellite-based technologies, cou...

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