Maintenance of the Hydrochanges-ICM mooring
October 04 2015

Members of the ICM Instrumentation Service recovered the Hydrochanges-ICM mooring from the R.V. García del Cid and deployed a new one. This mooring is since 2003 a DOFT contribution to the CIESM Hydrochanges program (Schroeder et al., 2013) and records temperature, conductivity, pressure and current near the bottom in the lower part of the continental slope (1900 m) in front of Barcelona, between the Blanes and Palamós canyons. The recorded data allow monitoring the deep water hydrographic conditions and have been used in several studies that analise the sudden changes of these characteristics linked to specific climatic episodes (Font et al., 2007; Durrieu de Madron et al., 2013).

Using Argo floats to validate remote sensing missions
September 18 2015

Following the publication by Le Traon, P.Y., E. Remy, and J. Ballabrera-Poy, 2015: Assessment of the impact of Argo in ocean models and satellite validation from E-AIMS project. Mercator Ocean – Coriolis Quarterly Newsletter, 52, 11-15 we have posted in the CP34-BEC blog an explanation on how we use the Argo floats array as in situ data source for the validation of sea surface salinity products derived by the SMOS satellite mission.

Comfuturo project awarded to DOFT
June 22 2015

The proposal "Diagnostic of marine currents from satellite observations" submitted by Jordi Isern-Fontanet to the first call of Comfuturo projects has been one of the 14 selected out of 293. Comfuturo is a public-private partnership program created by the CSIC General Foundation aimed at capturing the the best young research talent and allow it to develop relevant projects within the Spanish science and technology system. This first call was targeting original and innovative projects with a high degree of aplicability, to provide answers to the present big scientific, technological and societal challenges

Aerial photographs of the Catalan coast deposited by ICM in ICGC
May 21 2015

Our department has delivered to the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC) six boxes with photographic documentation (negatives, paper prints, transparencies, printer sheets) of the Catalan coast obtained from aircraft during projects lead by Dr. Antoni Ballester in the late 1970s. The ICGC will a) Safeguard the documents and assume the costs of conservation and where appropriate, restoration, b) Make a description to facilitate their identification and location, c ) To publicaly acknowledge the fund comes from the donor institution, d) Open the documents to the public consultation. These are valuable documents that could not be properly maintained at ICM. An agreement will be made between the legal representatives of ICGCand CSIC to formalize the definitive conditions of the assignment.