University of Miami Continues to Rely on SPOT for Oceanic Flow Study in the Gulf of Mexico
April 11, 2017
Covington, LA, April 11, 2017- Globalstar (NYSE MKT: GSAT) announced today that the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) will be deploying 550 SPOT Trace satellite trackers in its continued research expedition with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), which is dedicated to forecasting the fate of oil dispersed into the environment to help inform and guide response teams. This research is an extension of an ongoing project that launched in 2012 after the BP oil spill to monitor how pollutants behave in normal and emergency conditions.
Using satellite technology, SPOT devices allow users to communicate from remote locations around the globe, transmitting messages and GPS coordinates. SPOT technology will be used by UM to calculate the speed and path of currents. The information collected will be combined with previous data to develop interconnected modeling systems. The previous study, executed in 2016, collected over 11 million data points.
“SPOT has been an integral part of our ongoing studies in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the large number of messages we require in our experiments, it is critical that the devices used are accurate and the data affordable. SPOT technology not only meets this need, but the level of customer service provided by SPOT has been exceptional,” said Tamay Özgökmen, professor of ocean sciences and CARTHE director.