The Depth of the Sea from Space

Beaches are dynamic entities, constantly undergoing erosion and change, which can have significant impacts on recreational, economic, and social activities. The SIPOBED project, led by Prof. Sebastiano D’Amico and his team at the Department of Geosciences, aims to tackle the challenges posed by beach erosion. By harnessing the power of satellite observations and artificial intelligence algorithms, the project provides extensive and accurate measurements of the depth of the seafloor in pocket beaches around Malta. This valuable information helps stakeholders make informed decisions regarding coastal management, infrastructure development, and risk mitigation. Through a combination of innovative technologies and local research, the SIPOBED project offers practical solutions tailored to the unique needs of Malta’s beaches, ensuring the preservation of these valuable natural resources for future generations.

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