World Oceans Day

On the 8th June 2020 the world celebrates World Oceans Day. This day is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the ocean. Here at ARGANS we have a very special connection with the oceans and marine life, a huge focus of our earth observation work.

This post will outline some of the current projects we are running that aim to aid the conservation, understanding and research in our vast oceans covering a wide range of topics - click the title to keep on reading.

ARGANS Projects

Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) works for the production of Sea Surface Salinity (SSS), but the mission has a goal of monitoring the water cycle and climate change, using both SSS and soil moisture.

CCI+Salinity is purely focused in the marine component and combines data from SMAP and Aquarius. This project includes case studies involving the water cycle, such as monitoring of freshwater plumes within the ocean.

Arctic+Salinity is another project with the focus of producing better SSS in the Arctic region. This study includes the impact assessment of SSS data from space for Arctic related questions such as Greenland melting and sea ice coverage.

Baltic+ Salinity Dynamics is yet another project to improve the SSS fields from space, this time in the Baltic Sea. This project aims to generate data that can make a difference in assessment of the challenges of studying salinity (and it's relationship with other phenomena such as primiary production,contamination etc), as identified by the Baltic Earth Working Group (HELCOM).

OSIP project 'Mapping windrows as proxies for marine little in the Med Sea'. This project aims to exploit the entire Sentinel-2 database over the Med Sea to report on potential accumulations of floating debris, and try to connect those future and past directions using knowledge we have gained of marine litter from direct and remote observations.

OSIP project 'An end-to-end simulator for marine litter'. This projects aims to develop a tool to support the development of future missions dedicated to marine litter detection from space investigation the capabilities of earth observation sensors to do so.

OSIP project 'Marine Debris distribution in the Black Sea' is an evolution of a past project 'CMEMS' which is already deployed, where we aim to combine ocean models with Sentinel-2 data and geo-information (e.g. population distribution, hydrological basin structure and rainfall) to produce as assessment of the potential behaviour of marine litter in a semi-enclosed basin.

Litter-TEP - Produces Lagrangian evolution of marine debris in the North Sea region both as a forecast and hindsight.

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) - ARGANS works on a range of projects pushing the boundaries of SDB globally to be able to map and chart coastal waters using a low cost method in an attempt to aid countries that lack the financial backing to produce costly hydrographic surveys.

You can read more details about each project in great depth on our website