- 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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Every 10 years an important event returns to define the new challenges in ocean observation. This 2019, the OceanObs19 conference aimed at “Improving the response to the scientific and social needs of an integrated ocean observation system suitable for that purpose.” AZTI has been present in this edition that has been carried out in Honolulu, representing EuskOOS, EuroGOOS and the work carried out by AZTI in projects such as JERICO-RI and LIFE LEMA.
On 9 and 10 September and at the AZTI-Pasaia facilities was held a meeting of the European COMBAT Project, whose objective is the integration of ocean current data measured with high-frequency coastal radars with satellite data and oceanographic models. The project, which started in April 2018, is funded by the Service-Evolution programme of the COPERNICUS marine monitoring service (CMEMS) and is being developed in collaboration with the French institutes CNES-LEGOS and CLS.
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.