• Title POSEIDON, A compact combined UaV Polarimetric Ku band radar and EO/IR sensor system for oil spill and sea debris detection
  • Committee CNIT - Consorzio Nazionale Iteruniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italia, coordinator); CARTOGALICIA
  • Supporting entities Gradiant
  • Funding H2020 - MarTERA ERANET 2018 Cofound / CDTI
  • Opening / Ending May 2018 / October 2020

POSEIDON aims at developing a UAV-mounted multisensor system for detection of floating marine pollution. To this end, POSEIDON proposes a compact system that can be carried on small UAVs that integrates radar sensors jointly operating with EO/IR cameras to monitor marine areas in order to detect sea debris and oil spills. In particular, Ku band polarimetric radar will be used to offer a solution for 24/7, all weather surveillance with enhanced capability of detecting floating debris and oil spills, thanks to polarimetry and high spatial resolution. Radar polarimetric processing can be used for SCR (Signal-to Clutter Ratio) improvement in order to enhance detection performance also in case of adverse sea conditions. The use of EO/IR sensors is meant to improve detection performance and to provide the capability of identification of the type of pollution and measurement of its extension. To this end, recent advances in image analysis using deep neural networks for object detection, segmentation, and classification will be explored.

The role of Gradiant will be focused on the design and development of the software system for analysis of thermal and multispectral VIS/NIR images for detection, classification, and segmentation of floating sea pollution. Besides, Gradiant will be in charge of the study and development of sensor fusion techniques for the joint exploitation of the radar and image data.


This project is funded by CDTI and co-funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the framework of ERA-NET Cofund MarTERA (Maritime and Marine Technologies for a new Era).