World Ocean Day
This Friday, 08 June 2018, is World Ocean Day, a day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's focus is "preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solution for a healthy ocean".
Of the more than 8 million tons of plastic waste that end up concentrated in the oceans' major gyres each year, more than 60% originates from plastic packaging. Both the large plastic pieces and the microplastics are a thread to marine life, with the microplastics eventually ending up in the trophic chain.
The false-colour 100 m image of 20 March 2018 shows part of the Bahamas archipelago, which has the third most extensive coral reef system in the world. The Bahamas' major island Andros is located in the image middle part, while east of Andros the small but most populated island New Providence can be seen.
In the upper-right and lower-right part, Eleuthera and parts of Great Exuma are located, respectively. The light-blue taints indicate the shallow waters surrounding the Bahamas.
© ESA-BELSPO 2018, produced by VITO
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Earth from Space programme
Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. Join ESA every Friday at 10:00 CEST for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites.
The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.
The Earth Watching website features not only imagery of natural disasters, but also promotes various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the special events part of the website.