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
Bay of Biscay
Loreto National Park
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), for Höschle et al., 2021 (https://doi.org/10.3390/s21030963), and for Höschle et al., 2022 (International whaling commision, https://iwc.int/en/).
In February 2022, the SPACEWHALE team was given the opportunity to present our applied technology at MAXAR Smart talks. Join our expert from BioConsult for this in-depth talk on spotting whales from space.
In June 2022, the SPACEWHALE team was named the champions of the 2022 Deloitte Gravity challenge with Whale and Dolphin Conservation. This prize will give SPACEWHALE the opportunity to further advance our ethical AI solution that we use for detecting whales from high resolution satellite imagery by helping to create a baseline for marine protected areas. Working with WDC will give us the chance to improve protections for charismatic and important marine mammals.
Project lead | Marine mammal scientist
Marine mammal scientist
Dr. Amel Ben Mahjoub
Image recognition specialist
Dr. Grant Humphries
System architect | Data scientist
Dr. Kelly Macleod
Head of Science HiDef | Marine mammal scientist
Spatial data analytics
Flight organisation and Data management
Review / ID Team coordinator
Managing director HiDef
Dr. Georg Nehls
Managing director BioConsult SH