EGIM module successfully deployed in Spain
A major step forward in direct ocean observing has been taken thanks to the deployment and installation of the new observatory system - EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM), which contributes to set a standard for European ocean observatories
The first of a new generation of multipurpose instruments for ocean observation developed by EMSO has been deployed in Spain on 1 December. Initial tests show it is working as expected, and its images can be viewed live.
The new device is an ocean monitoring multi-sensor module called EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM). Its development is the key goal of the EMSODEV project - the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory Development - funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation.
The EGIM is an innovative device that will harmonise and align essential information collected by open ocean multiparameter observatories of EMSO. It will make data collected by observatories across European seas directly comparable, as well as accessible by anyone, anywhere. The EGIM will provide data on temperature, salinity, waves, tsunami, currents, ocean productivity and noise. Efforts are also underway to include newer kinds of ocean sensors such as those for carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas that is influencing climate change, as well as cameras that can monitor biodiversity.
The EGIM data, accessible to all thanks to an online Data Management Platform, will open new opportunities for research and industry. EGIM can be of interest to oil and gas industries for monitoring and assessing the impact of seafloor mining.
With the development and deployment of the EGIM, EMSO will contribute significantly to the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and as such will also strengthen Europe’s role as a key player in the development of the International Oceanographic Commission’s Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
After undergoing rigorous dry tests in laboratories, on December 1st the EGIM was installed at OBSEA, one of the EMSO shallow-water test site, near the coast of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Spain). Here the EGIM components and functionalities are checked in real-time.
Tests are proceeding according to plan. The images collected by the system's camera can be seen in real-time at the following link http://www.upc.edu/cdsarti/OBSEA/data/live_video.php (at night, the instrument's lights are turned on every 30 minutes)
The successful deployment of the first EGIM is a key step in EMSO’s effort to provide a standardised approach for European ocean observatories.