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JO 2016 : CLS provides satellite data to clean RIO Bay

CLS provides for a year of satellite data to help clean the bay of Rio de Janeiro in the run-up of the 2016 Olympics.

A major task was given by the Brazilian government to CLS and its subsidiary Prooceano to help clean up the Guanabara Bay. CLS is in charge of locate waste satellite and predict their movements. CLS collects data position and ocean currents and sends them to its Brazilian subsidiary Prooceano . Stephanie Limouzin , Director of Space Oceanography division at CLS explains ” It realizes a kind of weather currents on several days ahead, that predicts when, where and how waste will drift.”

Tags have also been placed on the boats loaded with waste retrieval of the Bay. Thanks to satellite data , the exact position of vessels is known and enable Brazilian services to adjust in real time cleaning operations depending on the evolution of drifting waste.

This vast operation of cleaning the Rio Bay began in the 2015 summer. CLS and its subsidiary Prooceano have working with the Brazilian government to improve water quality in the Bay of Guanabara . The model developed by CLS allows to save time and optimize fleet management . Stephanie Limouzin says “For a year , our system has optimized the evacuation of thousands tons of waste but the problem is that it continues to reach new every day. The situation is still much improved : the bay is increasingly clean, although it is not perfect. There is still work because there is a lack of effective system for collecting waste upstream , before they end up in the ocean. “ People will soon have their sights set on Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympics and it will helps to highlight the work that can be accomplished by companies such as CLS. This is a great demonstration of satellite works! Environmental monitoring associated with ocean observation allows to optimize such a huge depollution program and restore sites like the Bay of Rio.