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Maritime Traffic Emissions: A monitoring network

Maritime Traffic Emissions: A monitoring network

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Maritime ship traffic is globally increasing with 90% of the world trade being carried over the ocean. The emissions of the maritime traffic are a severe threat to the marine environment and coastal population, especially in ports and along shipping lanes with dense populations. Therefore MATE (Maritime Traffic Emissions: A monitoring network) aims to develop a complete monitoring network to allow for continuous monitoring of ship emissions in the atmosphere and in the water, including black carbon, oil residues, sulphur oxides and plastic debris. The MATE-Hyper project will focus on the development of a novel sensor system for soot (black carbon) and plastic debris on the sea surface. We´re developing an integrated, artificial intelligence based system, combining visible and infrared video camera information with guided hyperspectral spot-data designed for buoy and static platforms. Automated extraction of information from this complex data through machine learning techniques will support probabilistic models for pollution characteristics. Combining this data in an intelligent way with other environmental observations will eventually lead to the integration of sensor information towards a reliable holistic situational awareness of marine ecosystem health.


  1. Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg Carl von Ossietzky UOL
  2. -4H-JENA engineering GmbH, Jena -4H-JENA


BMWi - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


BMWi - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Publications about the project

Oliver Ferdinand; Nick Rüssmeier; Andrej Lejman; Martin Günther; Friedemann Kammler; Frederic Theodor Stahl; Oliver Zielinski

In: Proceedings of OCEANS 2023. OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference (OCEANS-2023), June 5-8, Limerick, Ireland, ISBN 979-8-3503-3226-1, IEEE, 2023.

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Navya Prakash; Frederic Theodor Stahl; Charles Lennart Müller; Oliver Ferdinand; Oliver Zielinski

In: OCEANS 2021 San Diego - Porto Online Proceedings. OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference (OCEANS-2021), September 20-23, Online, Porto, Portugal, Pages 1-6, No. 21623225, ISBN 978-0-692-93559-0, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, Piscataway Township, New Jersey, 2/2022.

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