The first task entrusted to the Scientific Committee will concern the Mediterranean, and in particular the detection of waste and pollution present in its waters.
4 winners were selected by the Van Allen Foundation and IEEE GRSS in response to the Call for Ideas: the RESPOGLI, CAPTAIN, PLASSEA and RIMOSA projects.
The scientific undertaking of the “RESPOGLI” project, submitted by the University of Perpignan, concerns the detection of spectral signatures, with the aim of identifying plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The project, presented at the end of August 2021, succeeded in convincing and inspiring the Van Allen Foundation, Montpellier University Space Centre and GRSS teams. The Van Allen Foundation will allocate funding to this project, through the donation of the NICOLLIN Group, a company committed to environmental issues.
The GRSS has selected three other projects for funding. The 1st project, called “CAPTAIN” is led by the University of Barcelona. The study is based on the development of a submerged or floating buoy, housing sensors capable of measuring marine waste. Next come “PLASSEA” from the University of Lisbon, and “RIMOSA” from the University of Michigan. The latter is behind an original detection solution based on the acquisition of radar data. The ASCAT instrument on board European meteorological satellites in polar orbit (Metop) would enable extensive and rapid testing.