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.
Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, has signed the Canary Island Declaration that rolls out the “Atlantic Interactions – AIR Centre” inter-governmental initiative aimed at driving research programmes and projects around the Atlantic Ocean. Spain signed the Declaration along with Portugal, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Angola and Sao Tomé e Príncipe. This initiative, open to other countries from both sides of the Atlantic to join, will focus on five main areas: Space, Atmosphere, Climate-Energy, Ocean and Data Analysis and Computing. This is how the centre will make its contribution to the sustainable development of the Atlantic countries and regions.
The Macaronesia regional marine observation strategy (R3M) and the use and management of cutting-edge technology for ocean observation aimed at enhancing capabilities and services efficiently and sustainably were the papers presented by PLOCAN at the ”Evolving EOOS: Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions” meeting of the European Ocean Observation System meeting that hosted 400 experts and users working in the field of international ocean observation in Brussels.
Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Island Government, Pedro Ortega, Regional Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge, Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy and the presidents and representatives of the outermost regions of the EU (OR) visited the PLOCAN exhibition in El Mirador shopping centre, which offers a good view of the Outstanding Scientific Technical Infrastructure for developing marine technology and knowledge.