Monitoring the seas on World Oceans Day. Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency celebrates World Oceans Day, which emphasizes the importance of protecting and restoring the health of marine ecosystems.
Climate change, pollution, and ocean acidification are collectively degrading the ocean and its valuable resources.
Earth observing satellites provide experts with critically important details about sea-level rise, ocean composition, and other factors that are needed to inform and prioritize conservation efforts.
Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission, today’s image shows green algae blooms swirling around the Baltic Sea, where toxic blooms have become a major environmental hazard.
Satellite data can be used to monitor the growth and spread of algae blooms, and to help mitigate the impacts on tourism and fishing industries. World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on 8 June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Oceans Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The international day supports the implementation of worldwide Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources. Monitoring the seas on World Oceans Day has been a huge sucess.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Image Credit: ESA