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Belgium and the Netherlands

20 August 2019

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Proba-V coastal applications

Turbidity is a measure of the clarity of water and an important parameter in environmental monitoring. High turbidity can be linked to a high amount of sediments suspended in water. These sediments prevent light reaching aquatic plants and organisms and can carry contaminants. The aquaculture sector, environmental agencies or dredging companies can all benefit and take actions based on turbidity measures.

Although Proba-V is a vegetation satellite designed to observe the land surface, the satellite can also cover coastal waters.  The resolution and specifications of Proba-V facilitate the generation of near daily turbidity maps in coastal areas.

The turbidity map below uses Proba-V imagery of the Eastern part of the North Sea, near Belgium and the southern part of the Netherlands. The image was captured on 3 April 2016. Higher turbidity values are present in the Scheldt river and coastline around Zeebrugge.

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© ESA-BELSPO 2019, produced by VITO
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