Global Plastic Watch: satellite technology for the benefit of the fight against pollution

Take a step back to better move forward fight against plastic pollution. This is the momentum that the Global Plastic Watch (GPW) platform seeks to create by mapping areas of the world “nearly in real time. Thanks to European Space Agency satellite data, the interactive map identifies areas where plastic pollution is spreading. In a few clicks, we find ourselves in China, where 415 sites are listed, or in India, where 690 sites polluted with plastic appear thanks to yellow beacons on the map.

In detail, the number of square meters or the proximity to waterways provide more precise indications of the location.

A timeline allows you to visualize the changes from year to year. We then distinguish a cleaning in an area like Pakur in the state of Jharkhand in India, for example.

L’South East Asia is one of the most documented parts of the world. When eyes turn to Europe, for example, only Albania or Turkey have references. “So far, we have detected and confirmed 2802 sites in 25 countries using the Global Plastic Watch tool. They include all of Southeast Asia, Australia and the top 20 countries in terms of annual plastic leaks into the oceansaccording to the scientific publication Science Advances”explains on its website the Minderoo foundation, at the origin of the GPW interactive map.

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