(Included as part of Project Description attached)Environmental impact is considered to be minimal. The total of three buoys planned for March - Each buoy contains a small package of batteries powering a built-in GPS and a small Iridium radio which transmits location/position and time data to a satellite. The buoys are not intended to be recovered but if they are, they can be rebuilt, and the components can be recycled or reused, or they can be disposed of.
In order to drop the buoys, low level flight in visual flying conditions is required for a brief period of time to identify/locate the correct ice island/location, to accurately place the buoy on it, and to ensure the buoy is serviceable. Less than 15 minutes per buoy at low level (below 1000 feet) is required. It is not possible to satisfactorily predict the position of ice islands more than a week in advance. Moreover, the positions will need to be updated the morning of the flight to place a buoy. To the extent possible, no air operations will be undertaken inside any wildlife areas, parks, or sensitive areas.
The scientific team and the aircrew will be based in Resolute and will comply with local procedures to ensure any waste or litter from the buoys is properly disposed of or recycled. Waste from packaging materials is anticipated to be minimal. Any buoys that for any reason are not launched, will be returned to Trenton, Ontario
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