Here we go for the 4th TOSCA experimental survey. It is currently taking place off the coasts of Balearic Islands. On the 25th of October, 5 partners of the TOSCA project have come on board of the research vessel Garcia del Cid with the equipment developed by the project.
During four days, the TOSCA monitoring and forecasting system will be applied and tested in the Balearic Sea in a virtual crisis through simulated Search and Rescue exercises and oil spill events. The experiment will also test the water- or oil- following capabilities of the drifters specifically designed by the project to provide more accurate monitoring and forecasting about oil spill positions in the sea.
The experimental survey in Balearic Islands will contribute to increase the knowledge of surface circulation and dispersion in the area. The data acquired through the experiment will integrate with the TOSCA system for better preventing coast pollution and multiplying chances to save lives in case of a maritime accident.
5 hours to live
Finding a person lost at sea is just like seeking a needle in a stack of hay: you should better know accurately where to search. In a 54 °F water, survival time before hypothermia is five hours. At 50 °F, time shrinks to 90 minutes. Sea rescue services have to be quick and seek at the right place. The Tosca system will make it possible to better foresee the position and trajectory of a drifting body. In such a race against the clock, the sea rescue center will increase their chances to find people lost at sea in time.
The Spanish Search and Rescue Agency (SASEMAR) takes part in this fourth sea campaign and will perform search and rescue exercises in live conditions.
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