Project No. POIG.01.01.02-22-011 / 09-00, entitled Satellite Control of the Baltic Sea Environment (SatBałtyk), has received a recommendation for funding from the European Commission as a result of a competition announced by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “for research aimed at building a knowledge-based economy". This competition was announced within the framework of the Operational Programme of Innovative Economy (priority 1: Research and development of modern technologies, sub-chapter 1.1.2).
In order to increase the efficacy of this project, the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAS) invited research teams of the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Gdańsk (IO UG), the Institute of Physics of the Pomeranian University in Słupsk (IF AP) and the Institute of Maritime Sciences of the University of Szczecin (INoM US), who had already been cooperating within the Scientific Network involved in creating a basis for satellite monitoring of the Baltic environment, to participate in the joint implementation of the project. As a result, on February 14, 2010 in Sopot, an agreement was reached establishing the SatBałtyk Scientific Consortium between the University of Gdańsk, the Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk, the University of Szczecin and the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, signed by the Rectors of these entities and the Director of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The main goal of the SatBałtyk project is to prepare and launch a technical database and practical operational procedures for enabling efficient, routine determination of the environmental conditions of the Baltic, i.e. mapping its structural and functional characteristics, including inflow and characteristics of energy (PAR1, UV2), temperature distributions, sea surface dynamic states, concentration of chlorophyll and other phytoplankton pigments, blooms of poisonous algae, occurrences of upwelling, appearance of pollution spots, including oil spills, etc., and the characteristics of primary organic matter production.
In addition, it is planned to develop and, where possible, make practical use of satellite methods for assessing the state of ice formation on the sea surface. The final effect of the project is to be the launch of an operational system for quick and effective determination of the above-mentioned characteristics of the Baltic Sea in the form of maps of their distribution in specific sea areas.
The launched database and procedures will use information streams from available satellite remote sensing systems covering the Baltic region, in particular the area of the Polish economic zone (e.g. TRIOS N / NOAA, Meteosat 9, EOS, AQUA, ENVISAT and others) and information from previously developed mathematical models of the sea and the atmosphere.
More about the project and the SatBałtyk System can be found in the brochure developed by the SatBałtyk Consortium. (Link to publication).