EVENT: ESA webinars on space for Blue Economy

The European Space Agency organises two webinars on space technologies for seas and oceans: Safety and Security in the Oceans Space (21 June 2022) and for a Greener Maritime Future (23 June 2022)




21 June 2022 14h-16h Safety and Security in the Oceans

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ESA and the maritime security in a changing geopolitical environment: some examples to foster dialogue.



For several decades, Space technology has been instrumental in monitoring climate change. It is now time to use space for reaching the ambitious climate neutrality goals and making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This is also true for the oceans and the maritime economy. Maritime transport and operations are carbon consumers and contribute today to climate change. Efforts are being done in this sector, fundamental for our economies, to go in the right direction of reduction of carbon consumption. 

ESA's role in monitoring and understanding climate evolution and climate variables, measuring pollution, developing solutions for smart traffic management and route optimisation, among others, can be fostered to better support public authorities and private actors engaged in greening the maritime activities. Much can be done via the satellites in those often remote and inhabited areas with limited ground means or better “view from above” and large field of view combining different space solutions. The webinar will show you some recent examples of how space can help.

23 June 2022 10h-12h Space for a Greener Maritime Future

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How ESA space-based technology solutions can support the green transition in the maritime sector? 



Maritime security encompasses a wide range of activities and services (addressing different categories of users), like the protection of ports, of ships, of economic zones and sovereignty areas, as well as the protection of associated activities against risks, intentional or unintentional harms and dangers, more globally ensuring safe activities in the seas and coastal areas.

Maritime surveillance, as a topical example, requires integration of coastal surveillance means, vessel detection systems, vessel traffic management systems and automatic identification systems with airborne and satellite surveillance.The integration of environmental data can foster a greater tracking ability and the reinforcement of monitoring of illegal activities.

Since 2003 the users’ community have identified two priority regions in Europe where to reinforce these policies, the North East Atlantic and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean, in particular addressing oil spill surveillance and drift forecasting, water quality monitoring and algal bloom detection, the ports’ telematics, fisheries protection, the Sea ice mapping and evolution forecasting, the wind, waves and currents previsions for safety of offshore operations and search and rescue, the rapid environment assessment for navy operations support, the marine habitat monitoring and evaluations. Much can be done via the satellites in those often remote and inhabited areas with limited ground means. The intent of the webinar is to show you some recent examples of how space can help.

These are just examples. More is and can be done!