The LitterDrone project intends to develop a pilot system for the characterization of marine litter in Europe’s coasts. For this it will employ new technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with high resolution cameras that will perform monitoring in beaches belonging to the Spanish national program of marine litter monitoring in beaches in order to test their technical and commercial potential.
Fieldwork for the project will take place in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, an area of enormous ecological value and difficult access, whose beaches are already being monitored through traditional methods.
Images obtained through these methods will be processed through specialized image recognition software in order to proceed to the characterization of the marine litter items found in the monitoring. This characterization can then be employed by the relevant organisms for the design and implementation of prevention and mitigation measures against marine litter.