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Facilities / Observatory

Observatory

The oceanic node [ESTOC- European Station of the Temporary Oceanic Series of the Canary Islands] is located 60 nautical miles north of Gran Canaria and with a depth of 3670 meters. It has been operational since 1992 for the development of long-term meteorological and oceanographic time series in the Center-East of the North Atlantic. The deep observatory shares some facilities with coastal and extended observatories (eg surface vehicles, laboratories, e-infrastructure).

Coastal Observatory

The Observatory contributes to the Essential Ocean Variables (EOV) monitoring and to the modeling of related phenomena, such as ecosystem processes. The use of state-of-the-art technologies facilitates observations at increasing depths and geographic scales.

Open-ocean Observatory

The oceanic node [ESTOC- European Station of Time-Series in the Oceanic of Canary Islands] is located 60 nautical miles northwards of Gran Canaria over 3670 meters depth. It has been operational since 1992 for the development of long-term meteorological and oceanographic time series in the East-Central North Atlantic area.

Extended Observatory

The extended observatory comprises a group of mobile ocean-observing systems, mainly based on autonomous marine vehicles and drifters (drifting buoys).

Regular missions include to link coastal and oceanic waters and to monitor the region beyond these two areas, expanding the monitoring of the Atlantic basin. Also providing external support to national and international initiatives.