MRSU: Marine Remote Sensing Unit

Click on the map to view the latest data for a particular region, or click on the mini-map to select the entire region
Mauritania Northern Somalia
Senegal Cote d' Ivoire Guinea Nigeria Africa Somalia (south)
AngolaTanzania
Namibia Mozambique Channel
South Africa (west) South Africa (south) South Africa (east)

The MRSU provides all data for free, but we would like you to register first. You only need to do this once, and it will help us to understand user needs better. If you would like data other than those freely available though this site ask!

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The MRSU combines the available marine remote sensing expertise of the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Marine and Coastal Management (M&CM). It aims to be a central facility that provides for the operational and research remote sensing requirements for the marine community. This web site is a first step in that direction, and will provide a variety of accessible near-real time and archived remotely sensed data for sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to information on the unit.

The Marine Remote Sensing Unit is a multi-institutional collective with the following mandate:

"The MRSU should serve as a portal and a southern African hub for all marine remote sensing information, products and services, by providing for both research and operational marine remote sensing needs, using a standardized open spatial infrastructure data archiving and metadata system. Its mandate should be contextualized within related international and regional earth observation developments, specifically GEOSS, SAEOS, and SAEON."