University of Oldenburg deploys Globalstar satellite service to tackle North Sea plastic pollution

Wednesday 14 March 2018 | 12:22 CET | News

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services said it's technology is helping researchers at the University of Oldenburg in Germany better understand and combat plastic pollution in the North Sea. A team from the University’s Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment are using the Spot Trace device and Globalstar satellite to study drift of ocean pollutants.

Buoys are fitted with a tiny (7x5 cm) Spot Trace device which includes an integrated GPS receiver, simplex transponder and motion sensor. This Internet of Things (IoT) platform allows researchers to accurately track drift movement using the Globalstar LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) satellite constellation.

The team can study the movement of waste on the ocean using sophisticated modelling tools to analyse complex ocean currents at the surface.

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