Obsea: A Decadal Balance for a Cabled Observatory Deployment

TitleObsea: A Decadal Balance for a Cabled Observatory Deployment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsDel-Rio, J, Nogueras, M, Toma, DMihai, Martínez, E, Artero-Delgado, C, Bghiel, I, Martinez, M, Cadena, J, Garcia-Benadi, A, Sarria, D, Aguzzi, J, Masmitja, I, Carandell, M, Olive, J, Gomariz, S, Santamaria, P, Làzaro, AMànuel
JournalIEEE Access
Type of ArticleJournal Article
KeywordsEurope, Instruments, monitoring, Observatories, Oceans, Sea measurements, Underwater cables

The study of the effects of climate change on the marine environment requires the existence of sufficiently long time series of key parameters. The study of these series allows both to characterize the range of variability in each particular region and to detect trends or changes that could be attributed to anthropogenic causes. For this reason, networks of permanent cabled observation systems are being deployed in the ocean. This paper presents a balance of a decade of activity at the OBSEA cabled observatory, as an example of ocean monitoring success and drawbacks. It is not the objective of this article to analyze the scientific and technical aspects already presented by the authors in different publications (Table 4). We will evaluate the overall experience by retracing the different steps of infrastructure deployment and maintenance, focusing on routines for in situ control, damages experienced, breakdowns and administrative constraints by local administrations. We will conclude by providing a set of guidelines to improve cabled observatories scientific outreach, societal projection, and economic efficiency. As a result of this work, a 10-years dataset has been published in Pangaea that is available for the community.


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