The team is part of the Neustrelitz Maritime Safety and Security Lab established in 2014. This two-institute association, comprised of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Institute of Communication and Navigation (IKN), combines expertise in the areas of real-time satellite-supported remote sensing and maritime traffic engineering.
Our work is carried out in the context of assuring safe shipping, protecting oceans and coastal waters, and supporting public authorities in their efforts to combat activities like ocean dumping of hazardous material, illegal fishery, and piracy.
Research concentrates on deriving information products from optical remote sensing data and their fusion with data from other sources, for example, AIS (Automatic Identification System) for ship tracking. Data from various satellite missions are use to extract information relevant for maritime safety. The resulting value-added products contain information for locating and classifying ships, oil slick hazards, sea ice, and other items. In addition, the team develops systems solutions for operational and highly automated applications using our own research results as well as radar processors provided by the Bremen Maritime Safety and Security Lab. The focus of all development work is on generating and making accessible in (near) real time information tailored to meet user needs, including analyses of hardware solutions like employing graphic processing units (GPU) for customised processing.
Sentinel-2B (16.08.2020) © 2020 ESA, Stranded freighter MV Wakashio (lower right) on the southeast coast of Mauritius
The Earth Observation Maritime Surveillance System (EO-MARISS) developed as part of our research consists of thematic processors, a framework, and a front-end interface for product visualisation. For us it is a link to applied research reflecting the entire processing chain and inolves the following challenges:
The developed methodologies and systems capabilities are tested, validated and optimised in projects and campaigns together with scientists, public authorities and industrial users. Should you be seeking a partner for maritime challenges we would welcome hearing from you.