Funding agency: Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF
Grant no.: 02WPL1449D
Project management agency: Project Management Agency Karlsruhe
Funding period: 01.04.2018 – 31.03.2021
In the ENSURE project, the Remote Sensing Section of the GFZ aims to develop a multi-sensor system for quantifying and characterizing the environmental impact of plastic waste. This can be achieved by detecting diagnostic absorption bands using short-wave infrared imaging spectroscopy or by detecting spatial, temporal and/or spectral anomalies of plastics compared to the surrounding matrix by combining and synergistically evaluating the measurements of various sensors such as a multispectral CIR camera, a UV camera, and a thermal camera. The multi-sensor system should be applicable across scales, so that by the use of drones or airplanes both large-area applications for the detection of plastic contamination in the landscape (terrestrial, including bank zones) and local applications such as the quantification of plastic residues in plants (e.g. composting plants, fermentation plants) can be realized.