Biomass Tracker
Global GIS Platform for Algae Detection in Cities, Rivers and Open Ocean

Algae/Biomass Tracker

A Simple Tool built on a Complex Model to Track Algal-biomass types hotspots accumulation flows in marine environements

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is a revolutionary platform leveraging cutting-edge satellite data to identify hotspots of invasive species, pollutant accumulation, and algal blooms. This real-time monitoring system empowers decision-makers with actionable data to combat these environmental challenges effectively.

Our platform offers invaluable insights for government, industry, and research purposes.



Invasive species and environmental pollutants pose a significant threat to ecosystems, waterways, and biodiversity globally. The spread of invasive species, as highlighted by a
UN assessment, costs the world a staggering $423 billion annually. These harmful invaders disrupt ecosystems, often leading to extinctions and damaging the healthy functioning of natural habitats.

In regions like the Netherlands, invasive exotics like the large water nail and Japanese knotweed are clogging waterways, exacerbating water management challenges, and putting the country at risk of not meeting EU standards by 2027. Additionally, nutrient-rich water and rising temperatures result in the rapid multiplication of blue-green algae, leading to algal blooms and further impairing water quality.

Photo and Information source: The GUARDIAN, accessed Aug 2023,
 (Boats move over water hyacinths, an invasive species which can quickly cover bodies of water, in Bangladesh. Photograph: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

Algae Tracker employs state-of-the-art technology, including GAN-enhanced satellite imagery (namely: Sentinel-2 and -3 data from the Copernicus missions) as most of our clients operate in Europe and advanced AI algorithms to detect and track invasive species, pollution, and algal blooms with unprecedented accuracy.

Our platform can also seamlessly integrates with existing water management systems and provides timely alerts, helping authorities take swift corrective actions, using the data points;

- Green algae via chlorophyll-a
- Blue-green algae / cyanobacteria via phycocyanin
- Turbidity
- Surface Temperature, Salinity

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Algae Tracker is at the forefront of environmental stewardship, facilitating a sustainable future for our waterways and ecosystems.

We are actively seeking partners and users who can benefit from our data while helping us validate and refine our models. Join us in our mission to make a lasting impact on the health of our planet and create a cleaner, plastic-free future.

The validation of hot spots as the waste (biomass) collected by the our partners are weighed and GPS tagged with high precision (< 12 cm). For instance, autonomous integrations with real-time in-situ monitoring of water quality with
RanMarine's WasteShark allows for verification and close research of correlation betweens biomass pollution levels and aquatic toxicity levels.

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Getting Started

Algae Tracker is accessible through the
Plastic Tracker platform

1. Select Area and Date: Choose your desired location, whether it's the mesmerizing Rotterdam canal or any other place you're curious about. Pick the date to track the evolution of plastic waste over time.

2. Draw Your Polygon: Define your area of interest by drawing a polygon on the map. This enables precise analysis and targeted monitoring within the chosen region.

3. Unlock Insights: Watch the map zoom in and witness the magic unfold. Plastic Tracker will highlight hotspots of plastic debris and algae, providing valuable metrics such as the percentage of density and accuracy. These insights empower you to make informed decisions and take action against pollution.

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