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ESA's sharp eyes on coastal waters
Date:2/9/2011

l Research is developing systems aiming to integrate the satellite data with hydrodynamic models to monitor and predict harmful algal blooms operationally.

Coastal resource managers and the aquaculture industry in the region greatly need these predictions to minimise risks to public safety and financial losses, according to Dr Bernard.

"The involvement of local scientists in CoastColour has already increased South Africa's technical ocean-colour capability, and is expected to significantly aid the implementation of the ocean-colour components of developing African operational oceanography systems."

In the Baltic Sea, the sustainable development of seaports requires shipping channels to be dredged every two years.

Dredging mixes large amounts of suspended sediments into the water, affecting coastal water quality which is regulated by internationally agreed standards.

Dr Liis Sipelgas of the Tallinn University of Technology is working with the Port of Tallinn, which runs four harbours on the Estonian coast, to understand the environmental impact of their dredging operations by mapping sediment plumes.

"The new site-specific CoastColour water quality products improve significantly the operational environmental monitoring of harbour dredging activities," Dr Sipelgas said.

"The products also enable us to estimate and quantify the long-term water quality changes in the harbour area."


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Contact: Simon Pinnock
Simon.Pinnock@esa.int
European Space Agency
Source:Eurekalert

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