SCRAPbook Progress

Crews have almost completed the survey of the Scottish Mainland coastline and have begun to tackle the Inner Islands of Skye and Mull.  More typically boisterous winter weather patterns and shorter days may preclude much more survey work this year.  Good light is also required in order to keep camera shutter speeds high so as to 'freeze' images taken from aircraft that are often affected by a degree of turbulence. Islay, Jura, Orkney and multiple other close islands will form the centre of attention early next year. 

Although the teams are finding clumps of severe pollution on the western Mainland, the area is not as badly affected as those exposed directly to the Atlantic and it is probable that a degree of sheltering is going on in which Islay, Jura, Mull and Skye are protecting the mainland from the worst effects to some extent. Teams suspect that the islands themselves will be more severely affected and this is starting to become evident even from initial scans. It looks like 2019 will be a very busy year for the teams with many aircraft operating far from their home airfields.