The list of observatories offered for Transnational Access (TNA) in FixO3 was designed to offer the broadest scientific and technological capabilities to future users in the framework of TNA.
The list of observatories includes seafloor, midwater and surface infrastructures, with different scientific specificities mainly due to the characteristics of their location. A shallow water test-site, OBSEA, has also been included and was chosen on the basis of ease of access, standard interfacing and highly specialized local support for accelerated testing of instrumentation and communication protocols.
This is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to avail of high-quality, interlinked instrumented infrastructures operating in open ocean observatories for carrying out research and/or testing activities.
Interested users can request access to one or more infrastructures and installations. They will be provided with technical assistance and ancillary data that may be necessary to their work. Visitors and projects will be selected on the basis of the scientific and technical quality and novelty of the proposed activities.
Infrastructural, logistical, technological and scientific support will be offered by providers to successful bids accessing the TNA facilities. The nature of the support being offered may change from facility to facility and will be outlined in detail in the text of the open calls. Detailed and periodically updated information will be made available from the project specific knowledge base developed and published on the website. With respect to TNA user groups’ expenses (Travel and Subsistence (T&S), equipment freight, etc.), a limited contribution may be made available to selected applicants and will be assessed and granted as a function of users’ needs. The contribution, subject to a maximum of 4000 Euros per user group, will be granted on a case-by-case basis and depend on the availability of funds for each TNA call.
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TNA Brochure (13.1 MiB)
|Observatory name (& ID No.)||Location||Short Description|
|FRAM (ID No. 1)||Fram Strait, Germany||Multidisciplinary, located at Fram Strait, installed to capture the exchange of Atlantic and Arctic waters as well as biogeochemical fluxes and biodiversity patterns, enables long-term, year-round observatories with partial near real-time data access (latitude: 79.07, longitude: 4.13, depth (m): 1000-5500).|
|Station M (ID No, 3)||Norwegian Sea, Norway||Multidisciplinary, located at Norwegian Sea with real-time and delayed mode capabilities, can present the longest existing homogeneous time series from deep ocean (latitude: 66.00, longitude: 2.00, depth (m): 2000).|
|PAP (ID No. 5)||Porcupine Abyssal Plain, UK||Longest running multidisciplinary North Atlantic open ocean sustained observatory delivering atmospheric and physical and biogeochemical ocean datasets in near real-time (latitude: 49.00, longitude: -16.50, depth (m): 4800).|
|W1-M3A (ID No. 7)||Ligurian Sea, Italy||Multidisciplinary observatory located in the Ligurian Sea with real-time and delayed mode capability. Availability of meteorological as well as physical and bio-geochemical measurements along the water column (latitude: 43.79, longitude: 9.16, depth (m): 1300).|
|DYFAMED (ID No. 8)||Ligurian Sea, France||Multidisciplinary site located in the central Ligurian Sea, in the passage of waters coming from the eastern part of the Med Sea and going to western part. Strong influence of the atmospheric deposition influencing productivity and particulate export. Physical parameters are recorded from surface to deep waters. Biogeochemical parameters are collected every month during ship visits. Way point of gliders route used for cross-validation of bio-parameters (latitude: 43.2, longitude: 7.52, depth (m): 2300).|
|ANTARES (ID No. 9)||West Ligurian, France||Multidisciplinary, permanent marine observatory providing high-bandwidth real-time data transmission from deep-sea for geosciences and marine environmental sciences. Real-time link and energy through cable (latitude: 42.8, longitude: 6.17, depth (m): 2475).|
|E2-M3A (ID No. 11)||South Adriatic, Italy||Deep-sea, continuous monitoring station, recently enhanced under EuroSITES project, it recorded the longest time series in the South Adriatic and is able to monitor physical and biochemical processes in the water column down to the bottom (latitude: 41.84, longitude: 17.76, depth (m): 1204).|
|OBSEA (ID No. 12)||Test Site Off Catalunya, Spain||The main objective of this site located at Western Mediterranean is to be a test bed for the development of oceanographic instrumentation while being a shallow-water observatory providing real time data and database with historical values (latitude: 41.18, longitude: 1.75, depth (m): 20).|
|NEMO-SN1 (ID No. 13)||Off Catania, Italy||Multidisciplinary (geophysics, oceanography, bio-acoustics), located in Western Ionian See, offshore Catania (Sicily), deep-sea real-time multi-parameter observatory is currently being re-deployed after refurbishment and installations of new electronics (latitude: 37.5, longitude: 15.5, depth (m): 2100).|
|MOMAR (ID No. 14)||Azores, Portugal||Multidisciplinary (fauna, fluid chemistry, seismicity and ground deformation) situated near the hydrothermal vent Lucky Strike; near real time connection through acoustic link, buoy and satellite communication (latitude: 37.5, longitude: -33.00, depth (m): 1700).|
|PYLOS (ID No. 15)||Ionian Sea, Greece||Multidisciplinary located in the cross road of Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean basins. Very geologically active area with lots of earthquakes and landslides as well as a potential source of Tsunamis that might affect the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (latitude: 36.8, longitude: 21.6, depth (m): 1600).|
|E1-M3A (ID No. 16)||Off Crete, Greece||Multidisciplinary located at the extremely oligotrophic eastern Mediterranean where dense waters with intermediate and deep characteristics are formed (latitude: 35.66, longitude: 24.99, depth (m): 1440).|
|ESTOC (ID No. 17)||Off Canary Islands, Spain||Multidisciplinary, located in the Central Eastern Atlantic, open ocean site with over 15 years of continuous surface and mid-water meteorological, physical and biogeochemical monitoring (latitude: 29.04, longitude: -15.15, depth (m): 3670).|
|CVOO (ID No. 19)||Off Cape Verde, Cape Verde||This observatory is composed of a mooring and a small vessel maintaining the time-series continuity at Tropical Eastern North Atlantic (latitude: 17.4, longitude: -24.5, depth (m): 3600).|
|FILCHNER RONNE (ID No. 23)||Antarctic, Norway||Situated at the Filchner sill in the southern Weddell Sea, proved to be the key site for monitoring the Ice Shelf Water overflow produced beneath the huge Filchner Ronne Ice Shelf. It delivers the longest existing marine time series from Antarctica (latitude: -74.65, longitude: -33.55, depth (m): 600).|