On 4th February, technicians by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN- have put into operation an underwater glider in the surrounding waters of Gran Canaria for a three weeks mission, with the goal to gather oceanographic data in the North side of the archipelago.
The mission is part of the regional contribution to the international and systematic multidisciplinary marine observation strategy addressed for a better understanding of the processes and phenomena that rule internal variability of the ocean at different spatial and temporal scales with impact on global climate, as established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
PLOCAN assisted to the kick-off meeting of the OCEANERA-NET project -the coordination of national research activities of Member States and Associated States in the field of Ocean Energy (ERA-NET)- that took place in Brussels. The aim of this European ERA-Net is to create an integrated network to carry out national/regional research activities within the Member States and Associated States in the field of Ocean Energy.
OCEANERA-NET is funded by the 7th European Framework of the European Commission (FP7-ENERGY.2013.10.1.3), it is coordinated by the “Scottish Enterprise-SEN” from the United Kingdom, and it will be executed during 4 years from the 1st of December of 2013 that began.
The public consortium Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN- received this week the PLOCAN UNO boat that will be used to transport scientific equipment and passengers between the platform and its two nearest ports (La Luz and Las Palmas, and Taliarte). The boat will also be used in deployment and recovery maneuvers of scientific equipment for marine monitoring in the area as needed.