Yorkshire Wildlife Trust selects Globalstar SPOT
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
Eroded peat and survey equipment on hill Eroded peat on Chapel Fell in Yorkshire (credit: Beth Thomas/YPP)

Globalstar has announced its latest deployment in the field of science and environmental protection by supplying its satellite-enabled SPOT Gen4 to help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s soil researchers.

The Trust’s Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) will use the SPOT satellite GPS messengers to “track and safeguard” scientists and surveyors working across Yorkshire’s remote upland moors.

Scientists within the partnership work to restore and conserve close to 95,000 hectares of upland peat across the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and parts of the South Pennines. As part of this work, solo working researchers will now use the new SPOT technology to check in with colleagues in the YPP office base on the SPOT Gen4 devices and have other non-emergency email communications using the help button.

Dr. Tim Thom, peat programme manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We are working in remote, difficult terrain in all kinds of weather and so our SPOT Gen4 devices are an investment in our team’s safety; this is something we cannot compromise on.”

SPOT Gen4 is the latest generation of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. According to Globalstar, it has “more mapping options, improved water resistance and an enhanced user interface”.

The device also allows tracking of locations via GPS, while possessing a "one touch SOS button. This sends the user’s GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC) over Globalstar’s satellite network.

Beth Thomas, peatland restoration officer, added: “We spend a huge amount of time in these landscapes as we do our surveying, and by their very nature, they’re wild, remote and rugged.

“If we’re on opposite sides of a hill, for example, we simply can’t rely on radio. The benefits of YPP’s efforts are wide-ranging. Peat absorbs huge amounts of CO2. As a result of peat’s natural filtering properties, healthy peatlands yield cleaner water for wildlife and people.”

The new agreement with YPP is the second major UK deployment for the SPOT Gen4 technology following Perth & Kinross Council agreeing to use the devices to safeguard its lone workers.

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