From Smart Cities to Smart Ocean Cities
It has been predicted that more than 70% of the population will live in urbanized areas in the next three decades. There has been a considerable amount of technological involvement and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for urban areas and cities, notably known as “Smart Cities.” However, one of the most overlooked areas of IoT application is the coastlines of largely populated areas. Coastal towns tend to be the most proactive in regard to environmental and climate-orientated policies and are also the most affected by the vast amounts of plastic, sewage, and various industrial toxins that jeopardize marine and land biological ecosystems in beachfront zones.
There are various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and public-private collaborative projects that have been deployed to tackle these issues, such as Ocean Cleanup’s System 001 and UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign. However, recently, the Ocean Data Alliance announced the project of ocean restoration through the creation of “Smart Ocean Cities.” The Smart Ocea…
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