PLOCAN took part in the “2nd High-Level Dialogue between Industry, Science and Government on Atlantic Interactions – AIR- International Atlantic Research Centre”, which attracted over 200 representatives from seven countries, held in Florianopolis (Brazil) on the 20th and 21st of November. The event closed with what is known as the Florianopolis Accord that marks a step forward in co-operation among signatories to create a multi-lateral organisation in the Azores to conduct research into climate change, energy systems, space sciences and data on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Blue Economy Working Group (GEA) driven by the Canary Island Government Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency (ACIISI) to promote growth of the blue economy, one of the priority sectors of the Canary Island Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3), held its first working meeting with the presence of the Canary Island Government Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge, Pedro Ortega.
PLOCAN took part in the iFADO (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean) project launch meeting to create regional and sub-regional marine services using the waters of the Atlantic Space as a practical case, held on the 14th and 15th of November in the Conference Centre of the Lisbon University Higher Technical Institute, the institution leading the project.
The Macaronesia Marine Maritime Observation Network (R3M) rolled out a new autonomous measuring device this week in the Cape Verde archipelago. It is an IMU oceanographic station (Integral Measurement Unit) that has been installed in Mindelo Bay (island of Sao Vicente). This was developed and brought on line by PLOCAN technical staff, with the collaboration of the National Fisheries Development Institute (INDP) as part of the ECOMARPORT project.
The IMU device, located in the Mindelo Yacht Marina facilities, comprises a specific array of cutting-edge oceanographic sensors aimed at continually measuring essential sea-water variables like temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. The recorded data is made available every hour, along with the other data acquired by existing devices installed in the four archipelagos of Macaronesia, over the PLOCAN data portal that can be accessed from the web R3M.