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Blue Water to join Google’s Maps Gallery Initiative

Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin 1994-2013

Lake Erie imagery by from Landsat 7 and 8 and processed by Blue Water Satellite in September 2008
The initial Lake Erie Gallery features images from 1994, 2002, 2008, 2013, and 2014 from Landsat 7 and 8 and show concentrations of harmful algal blooms and sediment along the lake. Red signifies high concentration and Blue signifies low concentration of cyanobacteria

US: Blue Water Satellite, a company that uses satellite imagery and patented image processing to monitor the world's land and water resources, has been selected by Google to be part of its new Maps Gallery initiative. This initiative is aimed at providing valuable geographic information and data via Google Maps. Other chosen contributors include National Geographic, The Library of Congress, The World Bank, and the US Geological Survey.

The Blue Water Satellite map library focuses on the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Problem in Western Lake Erie showing maps dating back to 1994. Letting people trace specific concentrations and locations of harmful algal blooms over the years helps tell the story of what is happening. This satellite imaging technology was jointly developed by NASA, Bowling Green State University. Blue Water Satellite and Google Maps Gallery will enable this important scientific data to be more accessible to the general public, key stakeholders and policy makers.

On the occasion, Blue Water also released images of increased cyanobacteria in Lake Erie from 1994-2013 on its portal as well as on Google Maps. "Unfortunately Lake Erie has become 'ground zero' for toxic algae outbreaks and treatment efforts over the last 20 years have produced little improvement. We are publishing this imagery to provide fresh insights and to enable new approaches and new ideas to combat the harmful algae blooms problem. For example our latest image from April 11, 2014, shows a large amount of sediment flowing into Lake Erie which contains phosphorus, the food that drives harmful algal bloom growth," said Milt Baker, Blue Water Satellite CEO.

Source: EIN News