Freshwater hotspots and aquaculture

Water Insight, BlueLeg Monitor, Water Insight and Chartworkx have been granted a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) programme to investigate the use of its proprietary remote sensing technology for water quality monitoring in aquaculture.

BlueLeg Monitor (BLM) from the Netherlands was granted a contract with the ESA under the Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) programme to investigate the use of its proprietary remote sensing technology for water quality monitoring in aquaculture. The partners are Water Insight and Chartworkx. In particular Hazardous Algal Blooms create serious damage to aquaculture by incidentally suffocating fish and the release of toxins. This tendency is expected to increase as a result of global warming and nutrients run off into surface water, as well as by transport of invasive species of algae due to the release of untreated ballast water from ocean ships. 

The intended integral solution will be based on Earth observation of water quality using historical (ENVISAT) and upcoming satellites (SENTINEL). The Earth observation products will be used to identify water quality anomalies at distances from user operations in a timely manner. The products will be delivered to the user by means of satellite communication in near real-time to allow them to take measures based on perceived threats. To complement the service users will be instructed in the use of a handheld optical device that will allow them to inspect water quality locally and to determine more in detail the cause of the water quality anomaly. Earth observation satellite communication and the main space assets for this project, but we will also make use of accurate GPS determinations to direct inspection teams to places where a specific water quality anomaly has been detected.