A WaveGlider autonomous surface vehicle from the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) fleet, fitted with an array of meteorological and oceanographic sensors has satisfactorily completed a whale and dolphin observation mission lasting six weeks between Gran Canaria and Madeira.
The glider was launched on the 16th of October and recovered on the 23rd of November 2018. During the 39 days of the mission, the vehicle covered a total of 1539km, collecting meteorological and oceanographic variables, including acoustic traces of cetaceans of interest in the area of operation using a passive acoustic monitoring hydrophone system (PAM).
This mission carried out the tasks of several European projects that PLOCAN is participating in as a partner, such as iFADO (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean; http://www.ifado.eu) funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area, MARCET programme (Macaronesian Inter-Regional and Multi-Disciplinary Network of Transfer of Knowledge and Technologies to protect, observe and monitor cetaceans and the marine environment and analyse and sustainably harness the associated Tourism activity) funded by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 programme, and the AtlantOS project (Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems) funded by the EU-H2020 programme.
The vehicle’s position, the trajectory covered and the scientific information collected are still available on the PLOCAN data portal by following the following link (http://obsplatforms.plocan.eu/vehicle/USV/32/).