Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Whales versus Oil Production
September 25, 2007 20:52


Grey whale

Russian engineering and technology company “ScanEx” has launched a project on space monitoring of seawaters near the Sakhalin Island, where oil is produced and grey whales unfortunately dwell, being an endangered species. Main goal of said project is keeping an eye on ecological problems of the oil-and-gas bearing region, which at the same time hosts a population of endangered grey whales.

The programme has been initiated by the WWF Russia, which was entitled by the engineering and technology centre “ScanEx” to use its developments: facilities for receiving and processing information obtained from space. Expected results of space monitoring – space radar images and results of their deciphering will be shown almost online on the programme’s website open for the public, for any one, who is concerned about whales’ further destiny.

 

Russian organizations, which are interested in maintaining stable ecology of our country, are worried about possible negative effect on the local environment and grey whale population which can be caused by constructing oil platform “Piltun-Astokhskaya-B” on the north-eastern part of the Sakhalin Island’s continental shelf. Western population of grey whales is now in critical state and currently consists as little as of 100 animals, only 20-25 of which are female whales, able to deliver baby whales.

“Piltun-Astokhskaya-B” oil platform is located in immediate proximity to the feeding area of grey whale population, which is extremely susceptible to noise exposure, accompanying any engineering, boring and seismic works, and to water environment pollution, including oil spills. Whales often die in collisions with ships.

 

In summer 2007 fourth expedition of WWF-Russian has started its mission on the Sakhalin Island, having as the main aim to discover early stages of possible negative impact of constructing oil platform “Piltun-Astokhskaya-B” on grey whales and keeping state authorities and various companies updated with information on this point.

The programme of space monitoring, which was developed in the engineering and technology company “ScanEx”, is aimed at supporting efforts of WWF-Russia on maintaining safety of giant mammals. Scientists plan regular radar survey of the Sea of Okhotsk waters by means of RADARSAT-1 and ENVISAT-1 satellites for detecting possible oil spills and monitoring movements of ships aroung the “Piltun-Astokhskaya-B” oil platform. According to regulations of the “Action plan on protecting marine mammals” ships are not allowed to leave work area with radius of 2 kilometers near the “Piltun-Astokhskaya-B” oil platform and of 5 kilometers near the “Piltun-Astokhskaya-A” oil platform (“Molikpaq”).

Results of processing of satellite images are shown at the website as geoinformational products (radar images and maps), created according technique, developed together with Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Russian Academy of Sciences).

Sources:
    Cnews.ru
Kizilova Anna


Tags: Russian scientists Russian nature Russian oil Sakhalin Russian Academy of Sciences 

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Diamond for LHC Detector Tested in Tomsk Short-term Flights to the ISS Further Climate Warming Threatens The Arctic Whales versus Oil Production Microexplosions Result in Nanodiamonds









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter      submit



TAGS:
Russian Arts and Crafts  Aeronautical Engineering  railway stations designer lighting  Solotcha  Russian writers  Russian political parties  Kazan  Russian scientists  Astrakhan  Russian society  Russian science  Russian mountains  Archaeology  Alexander Vakhrameyev  Gogol   Russian business  Spitsbergen  All Events  Russian Cinema  Russian Stage Directors  oceanic research  Graphic Art  Russian tourism  Nizhny Novgorod Museums  Valentina Khodasevich  Awards  Exhibitions in Moscow  Easter  Christmas Trees  Vladimir Bortko  Businovskaya Interchange  Krasnodar Territory  physics  St. Petersburg  agritourism  Russian cities  Theater Festivals  http://www.rwcgroupllc.com  Ivan Krylov  Russian economy  Moscow  FIFA World Cup   Russian opposition activists  Red Terror  society  Exhibitions in Moscow Region  Anton Siluanov  Exhibitions in St. Petersburg  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Arkhangelsk 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites