Poseidon-Pylos station

Location of Poseidon-Pylos station
Location of Poseidon-Pylos station

Why observing here?

The E1-M3A site (Cretan Sea) and Pylos site (Southern Ionian Sea) are deployed in an area with complex hydrology where intermediate and dense water formation takes place (CIW, CDW) while water masses formed in the Levantine and the northern Aegean Sea meet and interact with those locally produced.

A few dates:

Operated since February 2007. Atmospheric and ocean datasets since 2007. Bottom platform added in 2008.

Measured parameters:

Surface buoys are measuring wind speed and direction, air pressure, wave height and air temperature every 3 hours. In addition to these atmospheric parameters, scientists record oceanographic parameter such as temperature, salinity, currents and pressure at different depht (from the ocean surface to 500m depth).

Since 2008, a bottom platform was added through the EuroSITES programme with Termperature and Salinity datasets and Oxygen time-series since 2009. The coupling of a sea bottom observing platform with a multi-parametric mooring, creates new opportunities of monitoring the ocean not only through air-sea interaction related parameters or the first few hundred meters of the water column data, but also through geo-physical and bio-chemical data of the deep sea basin that are now becoming available.

Scientists or technicians in charge of the observatory

Vasilis Lykousis
Kostas Nittis

Name of their institution

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography 46 km Athens - Sounio Ave. PO Box 712 Anavyssos, Attica GR - 190 13, Greece

Distance from shore

Max depth