< DOLAN surface buoy recovery with RV Islândia
27.09.2013 08:58 Age: 3 yrs
By: B. Fiedler
Hunting Mesoscale Eddies
A new multi-facetted and interdisciplinary research project was recently launched at CVOO. The project investigates biogeochemical and ecological processes within mesoscale water masses, so-called eddies, in the vicinity of Cape Verde.
Further evidence for the existence of these open-ocean phenomena was obtained by occasional observations conducted by autonomous mobile platforms, such as gliders and profiling floats.
(i) satellite-based “sea surface height” data,
(ii) remote surveys with autonomous underwater glider, and
(iii) a full biogeochemical sampling survey with RV Islândia.
As a first project outcome a near-realtime satellite mapping tool was brought online that helps to identify potential eddy candidates and thus, better plan and conduct the remote and ship surveys (late 2013/early 2014).
Online data can be accessed here.