Yellow Smart Buoy located south of Helsinki 2018
The yellow Smart Buoy is located south of Helsinki, but quite far out, facing the open sea, close to the main fairway to the south. © Photo: Joose Mykkänen

For the first time, a smart buoy with an oil sensor is delivering data via satellite in open sea conditions in the Baltic Sea

Press release, November 9, 2018, Finnish Environment Institute
In October a smart navigation buoy system started to deliver real-time measurement data via satellite, monitoring oil and some other water quality parameters in the Baltic Sea's water. It is located south of Helsinki in the Gulf of Finland. The monitoring data gives later great advantages to the oil spill response actions of authorities and it eases revealing illegal oil discharges. The system is part of SYKE's GRACE project cooperation and it is made by Meritaito Ltd. The data is freely available on the Internet. Read the pressrelease

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Monitoring and assessment of environmental impacts of chemical spills in the Baltic Sea

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