Weather-marine buoy

The buoy represents a unique example of a marine laboratory. The structure, is positioned 2 miles from the coast, is about 6 m long in total, 2.5 m of which are submerged, and has a shore weight of about 1 ton. It is a fully autonomous laboratory that draws power from the sun and communicates with the outside world using a cellular router. The buoy is equipped with a set of weather sensors organized like a weather station thus allowing weather observations to be obtained right at sea where there is usually less observational coverage. Submerged sensors, on the other hand, allow for measurements of temperature, salinity and oxygen, plus other key parameters for monitoring the state of the sea. Finally, the buoy is equipped with a sensor to measure wave motion. All of this data will be available in near-real time, usable both for scientific purposes and for anyone conducting activities at sea. The buoy was purchased by the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences of the Marche Polytechnic University and designed in collaboration with CNR-IRBIM in Ancona. The new facility is an additional observation point and joins two other fixed meteorological-marine observing sites operated by CNR-IRBIM in Ancona with which the Department will share observations and resources for data management and analysis.


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Manager: Pierluigi Penna

Collaborators: Fabrizio Moro, Giordano Giuliani

Institute: Ancona

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The research activities of the Institute are carried out in the context of research, development and innovation projects, both national and international, based on regional funding programs (POR FEAMPA - Regional Operational Program of the European Maritime Affairs Fisheries Fund and Aquaculture and POR FESR - Regional Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund) or ministerial (PRIN - Projects of relevant national interest, PNRA - National Research Program in Antarctica, PO FEAMPA - National Operational Program European Maritime Affairs Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund) , programs for European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg), direct funding programs of the European Commission (Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe, Life, JPI - Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET Cofund) and thematic collaboration initiatives managed by international organizations such as, for example , the FAO - GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean). The Institute also develops funded projects in the context of collaborations with private companies in the sectors of the blue economy as well as technology transfer and research results. Research projects, mainly of a collaborative nature, are developed through a wide network of partners that include major Italian and foreign research institutions and universities.

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