Fixed point observatories

Moorings and other technology are used to observe how the oceans are changing at a fixed-point. We need to monitor our coastal and open ocean to see what is happening near our shores and also out in the deep blue sea. A combination of equipment including moorings, cables, seafloor platforms and sensors allows monitoring of the full depth of the ocean at a fixed-point from the surface to the seafloor. In the open ocean, the EuroSITES network has 10 long-term open ocean observatories across Europe. This is part of the international OceanSITES network. These networks work together with projects developing technology for the seafloor including the ESONET (European Sea Observatory NETwork) project). There are also hundreds of coastal observatories. For example in Europe, there is a network called EMECO (European Marine Ecosystem Observatory

Cross section of an open ocean observatory

Cross section of an observatory.

Observatories provide high quality ocean data with a resolution of seconds to days. This data is then transmitted via satellite to the scientists of the different EuroSITES' partner institutions.

Observatories' data will support climate model predictions that allow us to anticipate climate evolution in the near future. On an international scale these data will feed into global projects like OceanSITES and EuroGOOS whose aims are to:


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