Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time Series Observatory (TENATSO) station

Location of Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time Series Observatory (TENATSO) station
Location of Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time Series Observatory (TENATSO) station

Why observing here?

The tropical ocean and atmosphere play key roles for climate, atmospheric chemistry and ocean biogeochemistry but are logistically difficult to study and therefore remarkably data-poor. TENATSO is a new observatory designed to provide long-term data for physical, chemical and biological parameters from the tropical Atlantic's ocean and atmosphere. The Observatory comprises oceanic and atmospheric sites.

The TENATSO site is situated in one of the dustiest ocean regions, so it is an ideal site to be looking at dust input to the ocean and transport of mineral particles through the ocean twilight zone. The scientists are also interested in the supply of iron to marine surface waters to better understand the ocean productivity and climate induced changes.

Saharan dust above the eastern North Atlantic and TENATSO (SeaWiFS, February 2002)

Scientists or technicians in charge of the observatory

16
Luis Mendes
17
Péricles Silva

Name of their institution

IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas (INDP), Mindelo , Cape Verde

Distance from shore

About 50 miles from the coast (6 hours steaming at 9 knots)

Max depth

3600 m