Monitoring pollution and equipment at sea

Argos is a unique worldwide location and data collection system dedicated to studying and protecting the environment.

Gathering information on platforms’ lifespan increases the safety of all activities on and around these platforms.

Monitoring pollution

Surface buoys using Argos satellite telemetry are excellent tools for obtaining in-situ observations of ocean currents thus enabling real-time tracking of drifting pollutants. In the case of an oil spill, the complex problem of forecasting drift requires the use of drifting buoys in order to characterize the pollution and observe its trajectory in real time.

This in-situ information then enables clean-up crews in the field to remove the pollution and protect vulnerable marine areas and coastlines.

Monitoring equipment at sea

Argos monitors all mobile or fixed platforms equipped with an Argos transmitter. The Argos Doppler location system and/or the GPS coordinates collected are used to keep an eye on surface or subsurface equipment in seas all around the world.

The Argos equipment surveillance service is able to alert users almost immediately if a moored buoy leaves its mooring zone (Moored Buoy Monitoring – MBM) or if it becomes unhooked from its sub-surface mooring and is drifting on the surface (Subsurface Mooring Monitoring – SMM).