Dr Eleanor Frajka-Williams of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) of UK, who is currently a research scientist on the RAPID team that monitors the Atlantic Meridional overturning circulation, visited the facilities of PLOCAN within the collaboration framework established between both institutions, of special relevance since 2007, in the field of ocean observation related to sciences and technologies. Furthermore, during the visit she was accompanied by Alonso Hernández Guerra, director of the Oceanography and Global Change Institute (IOCAG), which also collaborates with the NOC. Moreover, the visit coincided with the technical stop of the RV oceanographic vessel James Cook in the Canary Islands.
The main objective of the visit was to show the facilities and the capabilities of PLOCAN as a technological infrastructure, used in previous occasions by scientists and technicians of the NOC, and to boost the current cooperation.
New lines of work were identified, in order to address the general challenges arising from European and international guidelines within the Atlantic framework and more specific challenges in terms of logistical and operational support, for a more sustainable and efficient development of the NOC’s activity in the Canary Islands area with respect to the RAPID-Watch programme and other initiatives.
More information about RAPID-Watch available here.