Our coastal waters are an important source of recreation for many, providing benefits to both physical and mental well-being. However, there may be adverse health effects associated with recreational use if the water is polluted. Over a four year period (Jan 2017 – Dec 2020), approximately 8.875 million cubic metres of raw sewage was discharged into Dublin Bay alone, causing serious environmental and public health issues.
TechWorks Marine, in collaboration with ESA, will examine historical and current data to establish relationships between in-situ measurements of E. coli and satellite-derived (optical, SAR, thermal) measurements of water quality in Irish coastal waters. An E. coli Alert Data Service (EADS) will be developed allowing for the identification of potential E. coli events, as well as the provision of actionable, timely information to the public and key stakeholders.
The project is being funded through ESA’s permanently open call.
If you would like more information on this project, please get in touch with us via phone (+353 1 2365990) or email.