Axelspace to use its satellite imagery to contribute to research on red tide outbreaks

Image of the Red Sea, courtesy of Axelspace

Japan’s Axelspace has announced an agreement with Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., Hiroshima University and Hydro Technology Institute Co.,Ltd., on the joint research about the prediction of red tide outbreaks, which could potentially cause damage to marine resources, using Axelspace’s satellite imagery.

The research group will use satellite imagery from Axelspace’s AxelGlobe constellation and integrate it with AI technology and an environmental simulator. By doing this, it hopes to predict such outbreaks, which are caused by a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae, often following massive storms. Such outbreaks often result in the production of toxins that can endanger wildlife and cause harm to humans.

AxelGlobe is a constellation of microsatellites that aims to obtain imagery of more than half of the planet’s dry land once every single day. Its first satellite was launched in 2018, and now comprises four satellites. The constellation is expected to be completed in 2022.

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