Images from the Maritime Awareness Project‘s comprehensive gallery enhance an October 10 report from Yale Environment 360 by visualizing China’s recent construction of airstrips, ports, and other facilities on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
The report by Mike Ives, which focuses on the environmental repercussions of China’s campaign, features two slider images (as seen below) that show construction on Gaven Reef, which has been enlarged by Chinese land reclamation ships by 13.6 hectares, and Mischief Reef, which has been expanded by Chinese dredgers by 5.58 square kilometers since early 2015. Gaven Reef now hosts a small garrison and a structure that may be an anti-aircraft tower, while Mischief reef now hosts a large building powered by wind turbines and solar panels, and work is ongoing to create a 3,000-meter airstrip, according to research conducted for the Maritime Awareness Project.
The Maritime Awareness Project is a major initiative by Sasakawa USA and the National Bureau of Asian Research. The project brings together leading experts on the maritime, air, and space domains to critically assess issues related to maritime security in the Asia-Pacific. The project also features an interactive map that allows users to visualize maritime features, incidents, claims and baselines, EEZ boundaries, territorial seas, and more. All images and even the map itself are available for use by media outlets. For more information, please contact Sasakawa USA Communications Manager Christa Desrets at or (202) 296-6694 x118.
Slide bar from left to right to view satellite images showing construction on Gaven Reef in the South China Sea. (Image courtesy of the Maritime Awareness Project)
Slide bar from left to right to view satellite images showing construction on Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. (Image courtesy of the Maritime Awareness Project)