The High Seas Ghostnet Project has generated research across a variety of scientific disciplines. We will soon provide a sample of writings published in pursuit of project goals.
Satellite-based remote sensing
One of the premises of the Ghostnet Project is that current advances in satellite and remote sensing technologies can be effectively utilized in the detection and tracking of derelict fishing gear while still at sea. Learn more about how this theory has been explored by our team.
Unmanned aircraft-based remote sensing
Early test flights with a NOAA P-3 Orion showed that airborne sensors and visual observation in coordination with satellite data were very effective in locating marine debris fields. However, the operating costs of these missions were unsustainable. The question was asked, "What if we could develop a small, ship-borne unmanned aircraft system to perform that mission?" Learn how that program progresses.
Old school isn't always a bad thing. There are times at sea when the best way to confirm data coming from cutting-edge technologies is to employ tried and proven techniques for identifying specific ocean dynamics. Learn about findings in this area.
OES0802 was a 2008 mission to test the viability of various techniques for locating marine debris in the open ocean. We learned that under adverse conditions, nothing beats a hardy soul and a good pair of binoculars. Learn more about these findings.
In the near future we would like to provide access to sources of raw satellite and oceanographic data.