Technicians by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN- have put into operation today an underwater gliderin 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 Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Spain, Mr Giles Paxman, accompanied by the Vice Consul of the United Kingdom in the Canary Islands, Ms Esther Martin, and Ms Pilar Moreno Martinez from PROEXCA, visited PLOCAN headquarters showing interest in the scientific and technological activities carried out in the centre.
During 3 th, 4 th and 5th February 2013 a very strong dust event occurred in the Canary Islands, reaching a total suspended particle concentration of more than 1000 μg/m3 on 4th February. These records have been obtained by daily sampling at the Tafira and Pico de la Gorra field stations by the Calidad Medioambiental research group from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is the first significant dust outbreak since 8th March 2012, when the particle concentration rose to 1490 μg/m3.