Scientific and technical monitoring program at the European Station for Time-Series in the OCean -ESTOC-
The autonomous underwater glider for ocean observation under the name of P201, has been put into operation today, Friday February 15, 2013, off the East coast of Gran Canaria island, heading the European Station for Time-Series in the OCean (ESTOC), located 60 miles off Northwards Canary Islands.
The mission provides operational, scientific and technical support to the permanent seasonal observations program in the area, as part of the Macaronesian marine monitoring (R3M) strategy, and regional contribution to international ocean observing programs like EMSO, ICOS and OceanSITES, that in Canary Islands are carried out at ESTOC as reference ocean observatory. ESTOC is serviced and managed nowadays by PLOCAN, and has users with interests in science, technology and training such as the Canary Islands Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), among others.
The glider will perform continuous measurements of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity, etc., up to 1000 meters depth through the water column. Such information, using a satellite telemetry link, will be sent to a control center in land after each dive.