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Marine monitoring networks

OGS has a network of monitoring that, in a continuous and discontinuous modality, records basic information on the marine ecosystem, essential prerequisite for the understanding of the ecosystem sensitivity to changes in climatic conditions and for an accurate predictive ability.

OGS is responsible for the continuation of the marine ecological research, started by the University of Trieste in 1970, of the site named "C1" which, since 2006, has been formally included in the Italian network of long-term ecological research (LTER-Italy) as part of the macrosite LTER - Northern Adriatic Sea.

Contact person: dr. Bruno Cataletto

The discontinuous monitoring was supported, since 1998, by a continuous control thanks to the positioning of a weather and oceanographic buoy called "Mambo" (Environmental Monitoring Operational) dedicated to the continuous acquisition of meteorological and oceanographic data.

The implemented site (site "Gulf of Trieste") had the endorsement by IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research). Also in the Gulf of Trieste, OGS coordinates, on behalf of the Civil Defence, the system of MAMBO buoy positioned at the mouth of the Isonzo and Tagliamento rivers and inlets of the Lagoon of Grado and Marano lagoon.

Contact person: dr. Fabio Brunetti

A further observing site, E2-M3A, is located in the southern Adriatic basin at a depth of 1205 m and about 60 miles from the coast in an area of high scientific interest for the formation of dense water through convective processes in the open sea. In site are positioned two anchors whose configuration allows detecting the formation of dense water simultaneously measuring physical and chemical parameters. The site is integrated into the global network OceanSITES.

Contact person: dr. Vanessa Cardin