Monitoring Whales and Ships with Satellites Could Save Millions

A story from NASA details the findings of a VALUABLES paper that analyzes the effectiveness of a tool created to protect blue whales and ships.

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Jan. 7, 2022

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A new working paper found that using WhaleWatch, a tool developed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to predict when and where blue whales are most likely to show up, could save up to $332 million per year by helping seafaring vessels avoid crashes that are fatal to this endangered species.

The analysis was conducted by VALUABLES, a collaboration between Resources for the Future (RFF) and NASA that measures how satellite information benefits people and the environment when it is used to make decisions.

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