eOdyn - Space4SafeSea
Accurate, high-resolution estimate of ocean surface currents is both a challenging issue and a growing end-user requirement. Yet, the global circulation is only indirectly monitored through satellite remote sensing; to benefit the end-user community (science, shipping, fishing, trading, insurance, offshore energy, defense), current information must be accurately constructed and validated from all relevant available resources. eOdyn develops since 2015 a transformative method to derive surface currents from ship motion and Automatic Identification System (AIS) data . Currents, derived from AIS data, a complementary in- situ observing system so far under-exploited, have the potential to complete surface current picture with high- frequency part of ocean dynamics in the areas with intensive marine traffic activities. The presentation will focus on recent results, using AIS data and ship behaviour analysis to produce reliable high resolution ocean surface current measurements to monitor different currents of interest (off the south African coastline, the Indian ocean and the Mediterranean sea). Comparisons between AIS derived surface currents and independent data sets from altimetry satellites, HF radars and drifters will be presented. The use of this new technology to complement existing measurement systems will be demonstrated.