Deltares- Detecting Riverine Plastic Litter


WO Master


Zuid-Holland, Randstad



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Consultancy, Wetenschap




6, 6+

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Detecting Riverine Plastic Litter in Indonesia through Satellite Imaging for Pollution Modeling and Mitigation.

For an Indonesian case study, we showed that large accumulations, and a target containing high concentration of

riverine plastic litter, can be detected by satellite. Clustering of the plastic and other debris classes in the feature

space of simple spectral indices gives confidence that plastic, and mixtures with plastic, can be separated from other endmembers, but this remains to be tested along the river, as well as in different rivers. The first follow-up step is that we will test the sensitivity of thresholding to the background with spectrally favourable very-high resolution data. The second step is upscaling with cloud-based big data processing. For this a targeted one-day hackathon will be organised. We use the results to support the modelling and support effort to reduce the pollution problem.

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Enrolled in a relevant MSc program software development, data science, earth observation,

or innovative technologies for modeling or monitoring.

To facilitate collaboration with Dutch universities for our internship program, we encourage students who are currently enrolled in a Dutch university and residing in the Netherlands to apply.


Program duration is 6 – 9 months starting September 2023.

Interning with Deltares means a monthly student allowance of €550 (depending on your

study points), flexible working hours, and the chance to work alongside top researchers from a Triple A institute.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make a difference!