Topic 5a - Policy

Welcome to week 5 of the course, the final week! ‘Oceans and Us’ will look at how Earth observation helps us to set international policy and investigate socio-economic issues surrounding the use of our marine ecosystem and its resources. In this first video Dr Pierre Bahurel and others reflect on how monitoring the oceans from space can influence policy decisions on climate change and other areas.

Satellite sensors provide data that can inform the development of environmental policies and help to implement them by monitoring changes to the environment and providing potential evidence of when regulations are breached.

Tagged animals and satellite monitoring gives fishermen the necessary information on where they can’t fish in certain areas (to reduce ‘by-catch’, for example).

Featured Educators:

  • Pierre Bahurel

  • Dr Lauren Biermann

  • Dr Mauro Facchini

Explore the data

EUMETSAT Oceans MOOC Data Viewer

Don’t forget you can download the video and transcript with the links on the right.


Marine Protected Area (MPA) Map

Simple MPA map.

Marine Protected Areas Detailed Map

Map of marine protected areas