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Workshop: Computational Sustainability: Promises and Pitfalls from Theory to Deployment

Satellite Imagery and AI: A New Era in Ocean Conservation, from Research to Deployment and Impact

Patrick Beukema · Favyen Bastani · Piper Wolters · Henry Herzog · Joseph Ferdinando


Illegal, underreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing poses a global threat to ocean habitats. Publicly available satellite data offered by NASA and the European Space Agency provide an opportunity to actively monitor this activity. Effectively leveraging satellite data for maritime conservation requires highly reliable machine learning models operating globally with minimal latency. This paper introduces three specialized computer vision models designed for various sensors across VIIRS, Sentinel-1, and Sentinel-2. It also presents best practices for developing and delivering real-time computer vision services for conservation. These models have been deployed in Skylight, a real time maritime monitoring platform, which is provided at no cost to users worldwide.

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