This is what OPAT is all about. By using geospatial images and then passing them through detection algorithms developed and integrated into EXAMIND Datacube, we are able, thanks to hyperspectral imagery, to accurately determine the position of plastic waste banks.
The idea is therefore to anticipate the arrival of plastics on the beach, providing a number of social and environmental advantages. For the local economy, this reduces clean-up costs while also enhancing the image of beaches for tourists. Plastic is also easier to recycle when it’s collected at sea than when it’s collected soiled by sand on the beach. Furthermore, the earlier we remove plastic from the environment, the less time it has to break down into microplastics which can enter into the food chain for decades, or even centuries, to come.