EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.

Task 4.2

Optimised shelf physical and biogeochemical sampling

Lead: NOC (Matthew Palmer)

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We will prove the concept of multiple glider deployments over a 100 km transect in the North Sea to observe the long-term physical and biogeochemical status of the system, with enhanced spatial and temporal representation. The mission will show that synoptic features in shelf sea systems will be resolved for the first time [D4.3][ NERC-NOC]. The task will illustrate optimum cross-calibration strategies [Ifremer] and processes between continuous glider sampling, fixed-point moorings (including coastal profilers), and other platforms (e.g. FerryBox). We will coordinate activities with Task 4.1 [Ifremer]. The task will also validate the use of passive acoustic monitoring in typical shelf sea conditions (i.e. 50-100m depth) and will prove that it can provide data suitable for measuring noise levels as defined by the MSFD, as well as detecting the vocalisation of marine mammals. The results of this study [D4.6] [NERC-NOC] will guide long-term monitoring strategies for noise and marine mammals in coastal seas.


D4.3 Synoptic multi-variable multi-glider study: Analysis and report of the continuous multi-glider deployment, providing detailed methodology of the deployment strategy, piloting, and calibration process. The analysis will deliver methods for the synoptic interpretation of all ocean variables over multiple timescales. PM39

D4.6 Guidance on acoustic monitoring: Recommendations for long-term monitoring strategies for noise and marine mammals in coastal seas. PM42