This project activity took place in Southampton on the 14 October
Susan Hartman (NOC – National Oceanography Centre) organised a workshop during Ocean Business’2021, to discuss ‘EU Projects such as iFADO and MINKE with a focus on the PAP-SO’. The workshop was attended by scientists and engineers within both projects, along with representatives of external companies, including SubCtech, Seabird, Planet Ocean, Clearwater and EcoSUB. Francisco Campuzano presented the iFADO project and Susan Hartman presented MINKE.
The aim of this event was to show the transnational access opportunities at NOC, and to discuss the range of measurements made at the open ocean PAP-SO site. This site (49N, 16.5W, in the northeast Atlantic) links UK Met office data with biogeochemical, year round particle flux and benthic time series data (at 4850m depth). The biogeochemical surface and subsurface measurements include temperature, salinity, nutrients, pH, light, dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide. The PAP-SO is part of the EMSO and ICOS research infrastructures. Annual occupations of the PAP-SO site are an opportunity for additional sampling, and to deploy autonomous vehicles such as gliders and floats.
A PAP-SO poster was shown throughout the Ocean Business’2021 event (12-14 October) on the iFADO stand. There was a further workshop on the stand, with Autonaut. An Autonaut unmanned surface vehicle (USV) was en route to the PAP-SO, after surveying the west of Scotland and Ireland. It stopped 55 miles short of the PAP-SO and returned to the UK. This was a long demonstration mission of an autonomous vehicle and an opportunity to compare data at fixed ocean stations such as the CLASS funded PAP-SO.
Ocean Business is a bi-annual event for the Oceanology community and attracted over 300 cutting edge brands. It is a hands-on technology exhibition, with the opportunity to demonstrate equipment on-water in the dockside waters, on-board vessels, in the test tank or in-classroom training.