Aurora helps Eyesea map pollution data

2024-03-15T18:46:20+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Environment|

Pollution mapping initiative, Eyesea, has recorded its first in-app marine pollution data reports from Antarctica in co-operation with Aurora Expeditions.

This marks a significant milestone in the project’s pollution monitoring reach and underscores the importance of preserving the pristine ecosystems of the southernmost continent, the organisation said.

Eyesea partnered with Aurora Expeditions to test the performance of its app in remote locations, measure cleanup work, and to assess the presence of pollutants in the region

The expedition, led by the crew of Aurora Expeditions’ cruise vessel ‘Sylvia Earle’, recorded pollution through the Eyesea app.

“This collaborative effort between Eyesea and Aurora Expeditions is developing into a ground breaking achievement in the field of pollution monitoring,” said Graeme Somerville-Ryan, Co-founder of Eyesea.

“Aurora has helped us test our app’s capabilities around GPS reception in very remote areas and delayed data upload. The data collected will not only enhance our understanding of the environmental challenges facing Antarctica but will also serve as a vital tool for conservation efforts and future policy decisions driven by data,” he said.

“Our crews and passengers typically recover any pollution they encounter on our voyages, when and where conditions safely allow. It is exciting to have partnered with Eyesea, and this partnership is another example of how the travel industry can participate and lead in sustainability initiatives,” added Hayley Peacock-Gower, Aurora Expeditions CMO.

“As a company we are deeply invested in responsible tourism, we believe that it is our duty to contribute to the preservation of the world’s most delicate ecosystems,” she said.

The collaboration between Eyesea and Aurora Expeditions highlighted the potential for technology and responsible tourism to drive positive change in safeguarding the planet’s marine environments.

The recorded pollution data will be made publicly accessible, fostering transparency and encouraging global collaboration in the ongoing efforts to preserve Antarctica’s unique bio-diversity, Eyesea said.