On 9th and 10th September IES aircraft specialists with research aircraft BN-2T-4S Defender take part in Baltic sea pollution monitoring trainings. The international training program is organized by Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) and this year it is located in Tallin. It is organized to test the remote sensing technologies usage for marine pollution monitoring purposes.
The main purpose of this training is to improve the marine pollution monitoring methods in Baltic Sea Area. There are specially equiped aircrafts from five Baltic Sea Are countries (Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia) which take part in the training. In order to detect oil spills and other harmful substances into the Baltic Sea, there are given task for all participants to fly over the same control teritory, collect the data and represent them afterwards.
According to HELCOM all involved countries of Baltic Sea Area shall maintain ability to respond to spillages of oil and other harmful substances into the sea threatening the marine environment of the Baltic Sea area. That involves adequate equipment – ships, manpower prepared for operations in coastal waters as well as on the high seas. If the remote sensing technologies will be recognized as appropriate for the marine pollution monitoring, IES specialists will be able to take part in the pollution detection missions.