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Latitude and Longitude: 41.836 N, 17.756 E
Depth: 1204.6m
Oceanographic Region: Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean


The observatory is undergoing maintenance and will be re-deployed at the end of October 2010


Description of the Site:

A well-known area of dense water formation through open-sea convection. The center of the Southern Adriatic is an area where vertical mass transfer (upwelling, winter convection) has a rather prominent role in distributing physical and chemical water properties and controlling the primary production (transfer of nutrients in the euphotic zone). Upwelling is determined by the intensity of the cyclonic circulation that in turn depends on the climatic conditions over the area. The site is therefore appropriate for moored measurements since it is possible, under certain circumstances, to neglect contributions of lateral advection processes.

Parameters measured:

Atmospheric: All data are available in near real-time

Parameter Depth (m) Sensor Frequency

Wind speed and direction 3.5 m asl Meteo Station Young 10 mins
Relative humidity 2 m asl Meteo Station Young 10 mins
Air temperature 1.5 m asl Meteo Station Young 10 mins
Atmospheric pressure 1.75 m asl Meteo Station Young 10 mins
Solar radiation 2 m asl Eppley 10 mins

Ocean: NB. Real-time data are indicated with *

Parameter Depth (m) Sensor Frequency
*Temperature 15 m CT SBE37 15 mins
*Salinity 15 m CT SBE37 15 mins
*Currents 360 m ADCP RDI WH 150 kHz upward looking 1 hr
*Conductivity, temperature, oxygen, Trasmissometer 365 m CTD SBE16 Plus 30 mins
Conductivity, temperature 565 m CT SBE 37 15 mins
*Conductivity, temperature, oxygen, Trasmissometer 765 m CTD SBE16 Plus 30 mins
Conductivity, temperature 1000 m CT SBE 37 15 mins
Conductivity, temperature 1170 m CT SBE 37 15 mins
Currents 1180 m (25 m above Seabed) Anderaa RCM 11 30 mins

Enhancement/Modifications planned within EuroSITES:

Continuation: Real-time and delayed-mode data sampling on water column physics and meteorological parameters.
Enhancements: pCO2 and pH measurements

Parameter Depth (m) Sensor Frequency
pH 15 m Sunburst test since 2009
pCO2 15 m PRO-OCEANUS test since 2009

Mooring Diagrams:



Principal Investigator: Dr. Vanessa Cardin, OGS, Trieste, Italy
Technical: Ing. Fabio Brunetti
Scientist Involved: Manuel Bensi, Rajesh Nair, Paolo Mansutti, Franco Arena
Data manager: Alessandra Giorgetti

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EuroSITES is a FP7 Collaborative Project coordinated by the
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK

Call FP7-ENV-2007-1, grant agreement N 202955
Sub-Activity 6.4.1. Earth Observation; Monitoring the ocean interior, seafloor, and subseafloor

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