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.
CARTHE research is broad reaching, providing data on the ocean surface for navigation, energy generation, drilling and climate modeling. Changes in the ocean due to location and seasons require research to be conducted in various locations in the Gulf. The upcoming study will launch near the Louisiana coastline with the goal of exploring why the area was hit particularly hard by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
"Being headquartered near the Gulf of Mexico, it is exciting to see SPOT technology involved in an innovative way and as a key component of research that will directly impact communities we and many of our customers are a part of," said Jake Rembert, Vice President at Globalstar. "The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School and CARTHE are making groundbreaking discoveries with our SPOT devices and we look forward to seeing their continued success."
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About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries such as government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring, SCADA and IoT applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages.
Note that 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.
About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit: www.rsmas.miami.edu.
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