OceanSITES is the global system of deepwater reference stations (http://www.oceansites.org/) of which FixO3 is the European contribution. The mission of OceanSITES is to collect, deliver and promote the use of high-quality data from long-term, high-frequency observations at fixed locations in the open ocean. OceanSITES aim to collect multidisciplinary data worldwide from the full-depth water column as well as the overlying atmosphere. The OceanSITES programme is hosted by JCOMM and Chaired by Bob Weller (WHOI, also FixO3 Advisory Board member) and Uwe Send (Scripps).
OceanSITES 2016 conference was hosted by NOC and was composed of the 11th Steering Committee and the 8th Data Management Team Meeting and takes place on 25th to 29th April 2016. FixO3 coordinator Richard Lampitt chaired the first day of the meeting. The meeting was opened by NOC Director Ed Hill who provided an overview of the importance of ocean observations for the global political agenda and of the contributions of fixed-point ocean observatories to the global effort of observing the ocean. Monday and Tuesday are dedicated to the scientific talks which included a talk by WP2-leader Vanessa Cardin (OGS) on the effects of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea circulation on the thermohaline properties as recorded by fixed deep-ocean observatories; a presentation by WP-3 leader George Petihakis (HCMR) on ADCP observations of migration patterns of zooplankton in the Cretan Sea; an introduction by Roberto Bozzano (CNR) on multidisciplinary observations from the W1M3A observatory in the Ligurian Sea; a overview of 30 years of research at NOC-operated PAP observatory given by Richard Lampitt (NOC); and insights on scientific progress and current observations at ESTOC by Andrés Cianca (PLOCAN).