Our analytics are capable of detecting the number of ships over a span of years, months, and days. SpaceKnow wants to help in the fight for our waters, which is why we looked at the increasing activity around the island known as “Trash Island” in the Maldives. The expanding artificial island serves as a landfill for trash. The increase of ship activity represents the amount of garbage brought and dumped on the island, as tons of garbage are sent to Thilafushi island every day.
Thilafushi island is 4 miles (7km) from the capital and used entirely as a garbage dump, serving the surrounding residential islands. Trash is brought to the island mainly by ship, which is one of the algorithms we used to detect activity on the island. As you can see ship activity has increased by almost forty times in the last sixteen years.