Satellite data maps best locations to find oyster farms • Earth.com

Last update: October 16th, 2019 at 10:05 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at how satellite data can help map out where to find oyster farms off the coast of Maine.

The pink area represents poor oyster suitability, while the light green shows moderate suitability, and the dark green represented ideal suitability.

The data comes courtesy of the Landsat 8 satellite, and the map was assembled by a team of researchers from the University of Maine, led by Jordan Snyder and Emmanuel Boss.

Each year, almost 3 million oysters are harvested off the coast of Maine. From 2003 to 2015, the market for oysters in the state grew from under $1 million each year to $4.8 million each year.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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