Within the context of the scientific and technical framework agreement between Hydrographic Institute (HI) of Portugal and Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), technical staffs by both institutions moved to Madeira this week, and staff by Port Authority of Madeira (APRAM), have conducted the installation and commissioning of an oceanographic station at Caniçal´s harbor.
This new device, which has been installed making use of the existing infrastructure that HI features in that port for the operation of a tide gauge station from the Portuguese national network, is framed as updating and improving action the Navy-Marine Red Macaronésica (R3M) in the archipelago of Madeira, currently promoted through scientific and technical projects such as ESTRAMAR (Macaronesian Marine-Maritime Strategy) belonging to Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias PCT-MAC/3/C177, aimed to promote the Marine and Maritime R&D&i for the European and African regions in the Macaronesia.
The installation and commissioning of the oceanographic device has had the invaluable cooperation and support by APRAM technical staff, who after receiving specific training, will be in charge of the preventive maintenance, in order to ensure the best quality in the measures gathered.
The new station includes oceanographic sensors for measuring physical and biochemical parameters of seawater, such as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and turbidity, and is configured to report data every ten minutes. The collected data can be seen at http://siboy.plocan.eu
Under the same collaborative framework, Hi and PLOCAN are already working with APRAM on the possibility to increase the monitoring network in Madeira with the installation of a second oceanographic station with similar features and capabilities in Funchal’s harbor.
Within the framework of ESTRAMAR project implementation, on Thursday July 17th 2014, was put into operation and moored in the bay of Praia da Victoria (island of Terceira, Azores) an oceanographic buoy, for early detection of seawater hydrocarbons.
The operation was carried out by PLOCAN technicians in cooperation with staff of the Centre for Climate from University of Azores, who have had the logistic support by the company in charge of the harbors management in Azores (Portos dos Açores).