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Mapping whales from space – latest developments

Satellites and very high-resolution cameras allow for surveys of large whales from space.

A paper, giving an overview of the current state of this method, the associated challenges and aims for future developments, has now been published in the Sensors journal. The paper is based on a workshop led by our colleague Caroline Höschle together with Hannah Cubaynes of British Antarctic Surveys in December 2019 at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona.

Workshop and paper are part of the SPACEWHALE project. In this project, we train an algorithm to detect large whales in very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery using artificial intelligence and deep-learning techniques. The VHR imagery has a spatial resolution of 31 cm/pixel on the ground and is capable of capturing whale-defining features such as flukes and flippers.

The paper can be downloaded at:

https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/21/3/963

Please refer to our project page for further information about SPACEWHALE.