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W1-M3A station

Zoom The W1-M3A observing system helps monitor the conditions and the wellbeing of the Ligurian Sea, continually acquiring different kinds of measurements: meteorological conditions, chemical and physical parameters and data on wave motions.
Zoom Approaching the buoy from the towboat Messico on September 12th, 2007
Zoom ODAS ITALIA 1 and the Thetis tender close to the buoy. Apart from the researchers, professional divers are often needed to carry out maintenance work on the underwater sensors and to analyse and photograph everything that happens under the surface of the

Zoom To climb aboard the buoy, which is almost 15 meters high above sea-level, one must climb two ladders which lead to the laboratory roof and enter it through a hatch. In order to bring them onto the buoy, the instruments needed for maintenance and repair
Zoom A crowded “meeting” on the top of the buoy…
Zoom Working on the roof of the buoy

Zoom The laboratory isn’t very big, but it can accommodate up to two people! In the laboratory, the on board systems are programmed and the acquired data are checked
Zoom A short moonfish often appearing close to the buoy
Zoom Cnidaria organisms on the submerged part of the W1-M3A buoy (M. Faimali, C. Corrà, and S. Maggio by CNR-ISMAR, Genoa)

Zoom The Cnidaria organisms on the submerged part of the W1-M3A buoy (M. Faimali, C. Corrà, and S. Maggio by CNR-ISMAR, Genoa)
Zoom The buoy is made up of 51 meter-long tubular steel structure divided into five parts. It is maintained in position thanks to a 2 km-long mooring line which ends with a ship anchor. The final element of the buoy is filled with water and ends with a large s