Local News for Tuesday 11th December 2018
‘STEVE’ WINS HEBRIDEAN DARK SKIES COMPETITION
A photo of a mysterious phenomenon known as Steve – which stands for ‘Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement’ has won the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival photography competition and listeners can see the winning photo on the Isles FM Facebook news page today.
The picture, titled 'Meet Steve', by Berneray photographer Casey McIntyre, captures the rare phenomenon that can be seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
The photo will appear on the cover of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival print programme, available this week, and will also be included in an exhibition at An Lanntair that will run throughout the festival in February 2019.
The festival programme can be viewed online now at www.lanntair.com/darkskies.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, created and led by An Lanntair, will take place on the Isle of Lewis from 8-21 February next year.
Speakers will include Chris Lintott from BBC's The Sky at Night, science presenter Heather Couper and Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John Brown.
There will be live music performances and film screenings including The Rocket Post and the silent movie Wunder Der Schöpfung
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Local News for Monday 10th December 2018
SEPA HI TECH FLOOD MAPPING SURVEY IN OUTER HEBRIDES
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) helps Scotland prepare for potential future flooding, gathering up-to-date data on flood risk, flood mapping and coastal erosion data is a critical part of this process.
SEPA is a significant investor in technology to gather this data – and over the next few months in the Outer Hebrides – the agency will be using aerial surveying technology to collect data.
Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Flood Warning & Informing Unit Manager said: ‘It involves building a 3D map of the terrain to help us understand which areas are most at risk from flooding. The aerial survey will be carried out over the coming months and local residents and businesses should be aware that a small aircraft will be flying over the islands during periods of fair weather and around times of low tides’.
This survey is the second development phase of a new coastal flood warning scheme to be launched for the Outer Hebrides in 2020. The new coastal flood scheme is being developed in collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the survey is expected to be complete (weather permitting) by April 2019.
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