Diver tracker survey

BSAC members are being invited to take part in survey to help develop a diver tracking system.
a small technology company has developed a system to track divers all the time on the sea surface, with support from the European Space Agency.
The team has developed a prototype that proves the concept. It tracks multiple objects in real time, up to 4.5km. The next stage is to consolidate results, miniaturise it, and get the system ready for a production run.
To ensure they produce a system that fulfils the needs of the diving community, they have created a survey for users.
If you wish to feed your experience into the design of a device aimed specifically at diver safety, please go to the BSAC website…

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Risk of flooding despite continued drought

Drought could make any flooding worse, warns Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has warned today that drought conditions can increase the risk of flash flooding. Dry, compacted soils mean that water is less easily absorbed into the ground, and so any future storms could lead to a greater risk of flash flooding.
The Environment Agency’s warning comes on the day that the world’s first social media flood warning application has been launched on Facebook.
‘FloodAlerts’ is a free to use application and was created and developed by a leading software developer specialising in online mapping and data visualisation solutions.
Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Head of Flood Incident Management, said:
“As the drought in England continues, the thought of flooding may be far from people’s minds, but we cannot ignore the risk. Dry and compacted ground means that there is a greater risk of flash flooding if there is heavy rainfall, and stormy seas and high tides can produce floods at any time”. Read more on the Environment Agency website…