Photo Release -- Globalstar Tracking Currents in the Gulf of Mexico
Satellite Company Provides Researchers With SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers(TM)
to Complete an Unprecedented Oceanic Flow Study in Wake of Deepwater Horizon
COVINGTON, La., Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT)
announced a partnership with the University of Miami to complete the Grand
Lagrangian Deployment (GLAD), the largest research expedition studying ocean
surface flow to date. Since summer 2012, researchers have placed more than 300
SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers^TM into the Gulf with uninterrupted
high-frequency tracking service. The Consortium for Advanced Research on
Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE, carthe.org), which is
funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI,gomri.org) program,
intends to use the collected data to explain ocean flow as it relates to the
dispersion of pollutants and the effects of hurricanes on the dissemination of
environmental hazards over time.
SPOT Satellite -- Gulf of Mexico
CARTHE researchers used water surface
drifters equipped with SPOT Satellite
GPS Messenger(TM) devices to track
surface flow in the Gulf of Mexico.
Researchers will use collected data to
help explain ocean flow and the
dispersion of pollutants over time.
During the research process Hurricane
Isaac crossed the Gulf, allowing
researchers to add another layer of
analysis to their research. (Photo
courtesy of carthe.org)
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"In light of the Deepwater Horizon incident and Hurricane Isaac, SPOT has
transmitted ground-breaking data that may tell us how pollutants behave in
normal and hurricane conditions," said Dr. Tamay Ozgokmen, Director of CARTHE.
"Oceanographers have never released 300 drifters at once. We did this in the
area near the Deepwater Horizon and measured where and how fast the drifters
moved, using high-precision tracking devices. This novel approach to
understanding the Gulf's unique ocean surface currents has implications for
emergency responders and managers in the event of another oil spill, as well
as human and environmental health."
In order to study the complex and understudied currents near the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill area, SPOT devices were mounted inside drifters that floated
just below the ocean's surface. CARTHE researchers want to understand how the
Gulf's flow may impact the transport of oil or pollutants along the surface of
the ocean, particularly near coastal areas, which are especially vulnerable.
"The success of this study is largely due to quality and technology offered by
the SPOT devices, which are providing CARTHE scientists better insight into
how pollutant patches spread in the ocean," said Dr. Ozgokmen. "Our
custom-made ocean drifters had to be lightweight, low-cost and reliable. We
couldn't find a similar product that could match the price, size, battery
life, reliability, transmission frequency and tracking accuracy of SPOT."
In only three months, SPOT devices have provided CARTHE close to 5 million
data transmissions on ocean circulation patterns at a scope and rate that is
virtually unprecedented. Every five minutes, the devices relayed GPS
coordinates with an accuracy within 4 meters. Other devices traditionally send
tracking coordinates every thirty minutes. SPOT altered its standard tracking
of every 10 minutes to meet the study's unique needs.
Dr. Ozgokmen, Dr. Brian Haus, Lead GLAD Scientist, and other CARTHE
researchers from more than 12 institutions around the world will use the data
gathered from the SPOT devices via the Globalstar satellite network units to
gain better insights into how oceanic flow transports pollutants. CARTHE's
data is being used to improve state-of-the-art ocean forecast models, which
will provide more accurate predictions of where the oil may go and how fast it
will get there. This is essential for effective emergency response as well as
resource allocations in the event of another oil spill.
"Globalstar is delighted that SPOT's GPS tracking services are being utilized
as part of such an innovative research project that will have a significant
impact on society and the environment," said Bob Bennett, a representative for
the Gulf Coast based satellite communications company.
SPOT devices are rugged, pocket-sized devices that use satellite messaging
technology to allow users to communicate from remote locations around the
globe. The SPOT product family uses the GPS satellite network to determine a
customer's location and to the Globalstar network of satellites to transmit
messages and GPS coordinates to others, independent of cellular phone coverage
or radio frequency range. As a result, SPOT devices fulfill a variety of
purposes including emergency services, recreational tracking and scientific
About the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the
The CARTHE project includes twenty-six principal investigators from twelve
research institutions in eight states. Together these scientists are embarking
in a novel research direction, developing a suite of integrated models and
state-of-the-art data assimilation that bridge the scale gap between existing
models and natural processes. This research project was made possible by a
grant from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The GoMRI is a
10-year, $500 million independent research program established by an agreement
between BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to study the effects of the
Deepwater Horizon incident and the potential associated impact of this and
similar incidents on the environment and public health.
About Globalstar Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data
services.Globalstar offers these services to commercial customers and
recreational consumers in more than 120 countries around the world. The
Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and
duplex satellite data modems, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and flexible
service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from
Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and
landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government,
mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation,
heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as
individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various
asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications.All SPOT
products described in this press release are the products of Spot LLC, which
is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot
Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.
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