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Wed, 14 Mar 2018
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SCISYS contributes to UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP)

Improved understanding of patterns of life in congested maritime environments will allow greater situational awareness for users of maritime waterways.

SCISYS is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant from the UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP).  Satellite data and Earth Observation applications which use space have the potential to change the way the public sector works, leading to better services and lower costs. SCISYS will deliver research under SSGP to help Quantify Congested Maritime Environments.

Improved understanding of patterns of life in congested maritime environments will allow greater situational awareness for users of maritime waterways. The well-established Automatic Identification System (AIS) can determine movements of large vessels, but smaller vessels without AIS are less well understood and remain difficult to quantify.  Some vessels in this category are visible from space using radar and optical satellite imagery, which may also capture tidal and seasonal changes.  SCISYS’ novel approach involves automatically mining through archives of satellite data to build up a picture of spatial and temporal activity, taking variations in data availability into account. The main advantage is that this approach locates all objects of a certain size, irrespective of their type or if they are broadcasting an AIS signal, thereby delivering value-add information to existing maritime products and services. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office will partner SCISYS for this feasibility study.