A fleet of multiparameter observatories for geophysical and environmental monitoring at seafloor

Type Article
Date 2006-06
Language English
Author(s) Favali P1, 2, Beranzoli L1, D'Anna G1, Gasparoni F3, Marvaldi Jean4, Clauss G5, Gerber H6, Nicot 7, Marani M8, Gamberi F8, Millot Claude9, Finch E10
Affiliation(s) 1 : Ist Nazl Geofis & Vulcanol, I-00143 Rome, Italy.
2 : Univ Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
3 : Tecnomare ENI SpA, Venice, Italy.
4 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, Plouzane, France.
5 : Tech Univ Berlin, D-1000 Berlin, Germany.
6 : Univ Appl Sci Berlin, TFH Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
7 : SERCEL Underwater Acoust Div, Brest, France.
8 : Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR), CNR, Sezione di Geologia Marina, Bologna, Italy
9 : LOB, La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
10 : IFM GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany.
Source Annals of Geophysics (1593-5213) (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia), 2006-06 , Vol. 49 , N. 2-3 , P. 659-680
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Keyword(s) Geophysical and environmental seabed monitoring, Long term multidisciplinary seafloor observatories
Abstract Seafloor long-term, multiparameter, single-frame observatories have been developed within the framework of European Commission and Italian projects since 1995. A fleet of five seafloor observatories, built-up starting from 1995 within the framework of an effective synergy among research institutes and industries, have carried out a series of long-term sea experiments. The observatories are able to operate from shallow waters to deep-sea, down to 4000 m w.d., and to simultaneously monitor a broad spectrum of geophysical and environmental processes, including seismicity, geomagnetic field variations, water temperature, pressure, salinity, chemistry, currents, and gas occurrence. Moreover, they can transmit data in (near)-real-time that can be integrated with those of the on-land networks. The architecture of the seafloor observatories follows the criteria of modularity, interoperability and standardisation in terms of materials, components and communication protocols. This paper describes the technical features of the observatories, their experiments and data
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Favali P, Beranzoli L, D'Anna G, Gasparoni F, Marvaldi Jean, Clauss G, Gerber H, Nicot, Marani M, Gamberi F, Millot Claude, Finch E (2006). A fleet of multiparameter observatories for geophysical and environmental monitoring at seafloor. Annals of Geophysics, 49(2-3), 659-680. Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/3603/