- what is EUSKOOS?
EuskOOS is the Basque coastal operational oceanography system operated by Euskalmet along with the expert advice of AZTI technology centre. This system envisages three purposes:
• providing an accurate description of current sea conditions along the Basque coastline;
• offering ongoing forecasts of future sea conditions; and
• supplying ocean-meteorological products to Basque coastal users.
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A study by Bangor University and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the U.K has proven to be able to extract tidal information using tagged Razorbills on the Irish Sea. By comparing mathematical current model with the movements of resting birds on the surface waters, they found that the changing position of Razorbills whilst resting at night would reflect the movement of ocean surface waters. Although measuring tidal data using seabirds has limitations, it shows great potential for inexpensive methods in providing crucial oceanographic data and can have uses in the marine renewable energy industry. For further information: Cooper et al. 2018. What can seabirds tell us about the tide? Ocean Science, 2018; 14 (6): 1483 DOI: 10.5194/os-14-1483-2018
Calibration of HF Radar Antennas. This month the calibration campaign for high frequency radar antennas was carried out. During these campaigns, the pattern of the antennas that determines the direction of arrival of the received signal is adjusted; an important procedure to avoid errors in the surface current data offered by this system.
EUSKOOS & ISOBAY
EuskOOS was presented at ISOBAY on June 5, 6 and 7. ISOBAY, the International Symposium on Oceanography of the Bay of Biscay, gathers the most important oceanography experts working on projects in the area.
European Project LIFE LEMA, LIFE15 ENV/ES/000252 (http://lifelema.eu): 90 small wooden boats will be launched along the Cantabrian Sea the during the May anchovy campaign[+]
Wind graphs with data measured in the Donostia buoy are now available in EuskOOS. After having some trouble with the previous buoy, it has been replace by another one with ultrasonic measurement sensors and wich are mobile parts to better resist adverse weather conditions. You can access the graphs here.
EuskOOS in ISOBAY
ISOBAY is the international symposium on oceanography of the Bay of Biscay. AZTI will explain the EuskOOS project in the congress during the days 5, 6 and 7 of June in Anglet, France. Participants will have the opportunity to know and understand the real-time monitoring offered by EuskOOS for the general public.