- 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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North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre European Project LIFE LEMA, LIFE15 ENV / ES / 000252 (http://lifelema.eu): During the RADPROF campaign of the IEO, carried out in August, 120 wooden boats have been launched in the waters of the Galicia Bank and in the open waters of the North Atlantic (~ 43º N, 15.40º W). The objective is to study the possible trajectories of marine litter towards the Portuguese coast, its intrusion into the Mediterranean or its drift following the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre.
It was not in Normandy, but in Vendée on the French coast between latitudes 46º and 47º N, where the last wooden boats of the Life LEMA project have been appearing during the month of December. After being released in November near the Basque coast with the help of Gorka Ocio and the program VERBALLENAS.COM, they drifted for a little over a month towards the north with the intense winds from the south that hit the Bay of Biscay.
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
More than 1,700 km of route to the Canary Islands
Within the European project LIFE LEMA, LIFE15 ENV/ES/000252 (http://lifelema.eu), and during the RADPROF campaign of the IEO carried out at the end of August 2018, a total of 160 wooden boats had been launched in the waters of the Bank of Galicia and in the open waters of the North Atlantic (~ 43º N and 15.40º W).