The Macaronesia Marine Maritime Observation Network (R3M) has enhanced its monitoring capability this week with a new autonomous measuring device in the archipelago of Madeira. It is a latest generation UMI oceanographic station (Integrated Measurement Unit), which was developed and commissioned by PLOCAN technical staff, with the collaboration of the Port Authority of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (APRAM) and the Madeira Oceanic Observatory (OOM). This activity has been carried out as part of the ECOMARPORT project.
The UMI device, located in the facilities of the Funchal Yacht Marina, comprises a specific array of oceanographic sensors of reference, dedicated to continuously measure essential variables of the sea water, such as temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and hydro-carbons. The data recorded are made available every hour, along with the other data gathered by the existing set of devices in the four archipelagos of Macaronesia, via PLOCAN’s data portal, accessible from the R3M web site.
Sending PLOCAN technical staff to Funchal has enabled them to tackle maintenance tasks on other measuring devices that the R3M already has in the archipelago of Madeira, such as the UMI station in the facilities of the commercial port of Caniçal and the Funchal Yacht Marina, both of which have been operational since 2015. Several technical steering and co-ordination meetings have also been held with personnel from APRAM and OOM, as ECOMARPORT partners.
Similar actions to improve and extend the observation capability of the R3M are scheduled over the next few months in the Azores and the Canary Islands too.
The PLOCAN shore offices in Taliarte hosted two hundred and thirty seven students, fifteen teachers and relatives from the following primary schools (CEIP): Tagoror, La Garita, Pintor Néstor, Giner de los Ríos and Nicolás Aguiar, who were taking part in the event entitled “Primary from the Techno-future: The Shipyard of Vocations”, which demonstrated a range of designs of remotely-operated robotic vessels that were designed and prepared as a training project in schools over a period of six months.
The Elder Museum of Science and Technology of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria organised a scientific stay-over camp “A night in the museum” about cetaceans in the Canary Islands with the participation of 180 people and a presentation by PLOCAN entitled “how technology can monitor the activity of cetaceans in Canary Island waters”.
The new educational passages sailboat, christened Canarias IV, starts out on its Atlantic voyage from the waters of the south of the island of El Hierro as part ot the International Educational Passages programme. Students from High Schools IES Amurga in Gran Canaria and IES Garoé on El Hierro, co-ordinated and supervised by PLOCAN, have once again worked as a team on preparing this new educational vessel, which is once again expected to sail thousands of nautical miles across the waters of the Atlantic over the course of several months, as some of its predecessors did in the case of the Canarias II and Canarias III.