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Using Space To Help With The Mauritius Oil Spill

Aug 19 2020
A partnership of organizations, including the Allen Coral Atlas, have come together to make geospatial data available to those involved in ongoing clean-up efforts for the oil spill on the coast of Mauritius.

On July 25, 2020, the Japanese-owned bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius, spilling at least 1,000 tons of oil and endangering some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs and lagoons.

Twenty-three days later, the spill continues to threaten the reefs, human well-being and livelihoods, and many rare species along the coast, engulfing UNESCO-designated marine parks and protected mangrove forests alike.

To aid in the ongoing response efforts, several organizations, including PlanetVulcan Inc., (on behalf of the Allen Coral Atlas), Ursa Space Systems and ICEYE have come together to make significant amounts of geospatial data available, on an emergency basis, to relevant actors involved in ongoing clean-up efforts.

We believe this is the most comprehensive set of geospatial resources related to the spill available.

Read more about the resources on Planet's blog