Elevation models show the SS Sansip (left) and the SS Samvurn (right) as imaged by a multibeam echosounder. Both of these ships leave sediment plumes detectable by Landsat 8 during ebb and flood tides. Source: Matthias Baeye et al

Using Landsat Imagery to Find Shipwrecks

Elizabeth Borneman

Satellite imagery from Landsat 8 has been used by a Belgian marine research institute to detect shallow water shipwrecks. Satellite imagery from Landsat 8 can detect the concentration of sand and silt particles in the ocean, which can then be used to pinpoint a potential shipwreck location.