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The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN-has been for the past two weeks the venue chosen by the British government to train its new generation of glider pilots.

Members of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), an international reference oceanographic institution that currently is the UK’s hub for the management and operations of underwater vehicles, have moved to PLOCAN to carry out the acceptance testing in deep waters of a glider fleet (twelve new units) recently acquired to the U.S. company Teledyne Webb Research, who also attended some of their members these days in Gran Canaria to teach a group of twelve new technicians and pilots from different British institutions linked to technology and marine research.

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On 4th February, technicians by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN- have put into operation an underwater glider in the surrounding waters of Gran Canaria for a three weeks mission, with the goal to gather oceanographic data in the North side of the archipelago.

The mission is part of the regional contribution to the international and systematic multidisciplinary marine observation strategy addressed for a better understanding of the processes and phenomena that rule internal variability of the ocean at different spatial and temporal scales with impact on global climate, as established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).