The Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, cover page in Sea Technology

Research at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB) took the cover of the October 2011 Sea Technology magazine, dedicated to technological innovation in the marine environment. The magazine highlights the work of the Department of Marine Technologies, Operational Oceanography and Sustainability at IMEDEA, a joint research center between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). The research focuses on the maintenance of an operational system for monitoring oceanographic parameters around the Balearic Islands. The cover of the magazine includes a picture taken at the Bay of Palma buoy.

Joaquim Tintoré, science team leader at IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) and director of the Scientific-Technical Singular Facility (ICTS) Coastal Observation System of the Balearic Islands (SOCIB) notes that “the use and development of new technologies in operational oceanography is essential to move towards a more sustainable and innovative future. In addition to the oceanic metereological buoys, such as the one in Enderrocat featured in the Sea Technology cover page, and the one installed in the Cabrera National Park, the team works with autonomous underwater gliders, pressure gauges, satellite altimetry systems, remote sensing, etc”. This, concludes William Vizoso, responsible for new technology developments, “happens in conjunction with nationally and internationally recognized institutions such as the National Port Authority or the European Space Agency.”

For over 45 years, Sea Technology is recognized as an authority on the design, engineering and implementation of equipment and services for the marine industry in the global ocean technology community. Along with the cover photo, it also highlights the important technological development and innovative effort the Balearic research group has made to provide society, through its web and in real-time, with the processing of oceanographic data that this buoy and other marine technologies provide for modelling oceanic and meteorological forecasting.

Benjamí Casas, responsible for marine operations at IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), states: “The buoy at Enderrocat in the image collects the surface atmospheric variables such as wind, air pressure or temperature, and, at the same time, variables of the water column such as water temperature and currents. The data is sent every 10 minutes by VHF radio to a coastal station located at the Calanova National Sailing School (Mallorca). From there, data is transferred over the Internet to computer servers for processing, quality control and publishing in the IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) and SOCIB webs”.

The author of the photograph is Eduardo Infants Oanes, recent Ph.D. in Biology from the UIB. His doctoral thesis is a multidisciplinary approach that combines aspects of marine ecology with fluid dynamics. The thesis, entitled Wave Hydrodynamics effects on marine macrophytes, has been led by Dr. Jorge Terra and Dr. Alejandro Orfila, researchers at IMEDEA.

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