After two months of operation in Macaronesia waters, the Wave Glider mission was successfully completed

In: Press Release
This iFADO mission was carried out between the Azores and Canary archipelagos

A Wave Glider autonomous surface vehicle, from the PLOCAN fleet, which was put into operation in November in Faial Island (Azores, Portugal) within the framework of the iFADO project, was recovered in the dock of Taliarte, in Gran Canaria island (Canary, Spain), completing successfully its cooperative and transnational mission.

During the 57 days of the mission, the Wave Glider autonomous vehicle covered a total of 2.000km. The mission started in Azores, continued near Madeira and finished in ESTOC (European Oceanic Time Series Station – Gran Canaria). A post-processing of the data obtained by the sensors installed in the vehicle during this mission will be developed.

The Wave Glider has collected meteorological and oceanographic variables, including acoustic traces of cetaceans of interest in the area of operation using a passive acoustic monitoring hydrophone system, which has been incorporated in collaboration with the University of Algarve (Portugal), within the framework of the collaboration between iFADO and the European project “JONAS – Joint Framework for Ocean Noise in the Atlantic Seas”, whose objective is to address threats to biodiversity from underwater noise pollution on sensitive species in the NE Atlantic by streamlining ocean noise monitoring and risk management on a transnational basis.

iFADO combines both direct and remote ocean monitoring through conventional systems and methodologies with cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous platforms, among which submarine gliders (gliders) stand out. PLOCAN is responsible for work package five, dedicated to emerging technologies for on-site ocean monitoring, a task where the glider mission is included.