EMSO-Azores Infrastructure description

  • Date of Deployment: 29 July 2010
  • Location: South of Azores, Lucky Strike
  • Type: Non cabled observatory
  • Distance from land: 200 nautical miles WSW from Faial
  • Maximal depth: 1700 m
Transmission buoy, BOREL2

Coordinates:  37.5 °N  and  33.00 °W

Short description: Borel is the surface buoy, relaying bi-directionally measurement data or commands between seabed and shore, through underwater acoustics and satellite. Borel holds a geodetic Global Positioning System and can host near surface ocean sensors.

SeaMoN West

Coordinates: 37.291 °N   and  32.279 °W

Short description: SeaMoN West is the station moored in the lava lake. It serves the local set of sensors and provides bi-directional acoustic communication with the surface buoy. SeaMoN West is dedicated to geophysical observations.

SeaMoN East

Coordinates: 37.29 °N  and  32.27 °W

Short description: SeaMoN East is the station positionned at the base of the Tour Eiffel active edifice. It serves the local set of sensors and provides bi-directional acoustic communication with the surface buoy. SeaMoN East is the EMSO-Azores ecological node.

Autonomous devices

EGIM prototype

Coordinates: 37.29 °N  and  32.27 °W

Short description:The EGIM, EMSO Generic Instrument Module,  aims to have the same set of core variables measured homogeneously on the various EMSO nodes.

The EGIM, EMSO Generic Instrument Module, was developed within the frame of the European Union funded H2020 project EMSOdev.

  • Optode O2
  • Turbidity sensor
  • ADCP
  • Hydrophone
  • CTD
  • Tsunami meter
  • Management unit, COSTOF2
Data policy and access

  • Near real time transmitted data: Free access, no quality check, counter of the number of consultation, 4 transmission per day, download through DOI
  • Periodically recovered data: Free access, previous year data treated by the quality assurance process, yearly recovery, download through DOI

  • Maintenance frequency: 12 months
  • Duration of operations: 20 days
  • Available services: Cruise preparation, lab compatibility tests, implementation on site, data transmission, archiving and dissemination

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  • PI: Mathilde Cannat1, Pierre Marie Sarradin2
  • Primary contact: Jerome Blandin2
  • Data management contact: Thierry Carval2
  • Maintenance contact (Technical supervisor): Julien Legrand2

1 : CNRS IPGP, France
2 : Ifremer, France