What We Do
SPACEWHALE is a novel method for detecting whales in very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery which can monitor regions in the high seas where traditional boat or aerial-based surveys are difficult to execute. We merge the latest in space-based and Deep Learning assets with a team of expert biologists to offer clients a range of products including abundance and distribution estimates.
We provide abundance estimates for large whales on a per-survey basis which can be used to generate population trends over time.
Using advanced modelling techniques, we create distribution maps of target species in ESRI-compatible raster formats.
Working with our clients we offer bespoke analyses to help guide conservation and advanced ecological studies.
Hawaii / Peninsula Valdes
We applied the SPACEWHALE faster R-CNN object detection method to the Pelagos Sanctuary previously studied by the British Antarctic Survey. The SPACEWHALE algorithm succeeded in detecting an additional 13 whales in satellite imagery that were overlooked by a manual review process.
Mapping Whales From Space - Our Publications
Open our publications as PDF by clicking on the buttons below or find more information for Borowicz et al., 2019 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212532) and for Höschle et al., 2021 (https://doi.org/10.3390/s21030963)
Project lead |Biologist
Dr. Amel Ben Mahjoub
Image recognition specialist
Dr. Grant Humphries
System architect | Data scientist
Dr. Georg Nehls
Managing director BioConsult SH
Spatial data analytics
Flight organisation and Data management
Review / ID Team coordinator
Commercial director HiDef
Dr. Katharine Keogan
Marine data scientist
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