Corsica Channel Mooring – MPLC (CoCM)

Infrastructure
(short name)

Corsica Channel Mooring - MPLC (CoCM)
(Corsica Channel Mooring - MPLC (CoCM))

Installation
(short name)

Corsica Channel Mooring - MPLC (CoCM)
(Corsica Channel Mooring - MPLC (CoCM))

Location

Ligurian sea -Tyrrhenian sea,

Coordinates/Routes

Bottom depth

450

Legal name of organisation

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Country

Italy

Contact

http://www.ismar.cnr.it/infrastructures/observational-sites/catene-correntometriche/il-canale- di-corsica

Corsica Channel, MPLC has a strategic location in the area of the NW Med where the Northern Current develops. It is located nearby the HF radar network coverage as part of the NW Med PSS. Mooring and HFR (proposed in the VA) will provide complementary information both along the water column and at the surface to describe water masses characteristics and current transport. Moreover along the mooring chain the automated imaging system (GUARD1/DEEP-EYE) will be installed in 2019 to provide macrofauna images at different depths.
In detail, the Corsica Channel Mooring is an underwater station at about 450 m depth moored between the islands of Capraia and Corsica, at the sill of the Corsica Channel. Operative since July 1985, it continuously measures ocean currents and thermohaline properties of water masses in predetermined depths, for the monitoring of the surface and the intermediate circulation of the Mediterranean Sea, and exchanges between the two adjacent basins (Tyrrhenian Sea and Ligurian sea). The site is part of the CIESM Hydro-Changes Programme.

Modality of access under this proposal:MoA1/MoA2 UA:6 months. Modality used to declare access costs:TA-UC Support offered under this
proposal:

A user or a user group shall be given access to the infrastructure for specific experiments, tests of sensors and in-situ validation, or to collect additional data to the ones already acquired by the operator.
The access will be remote (the measuring system is implemented by the operator of the installation and the presence of the user group is not required) or partially remote (the presence of the user group is required at some stage e.g. installing and uninstalling user’s equipment). The MPLC site is visited 6-months per year. CNR offer a total of 3 access to the infrastructure. The user will have access to the infrastructure by boat, this service will be arranged by the operator. The modality used to declare access cost is TA-UC (Unit Cost shared with a permanent user).

Services currently offered: The underwater installation is available
for TA to JERICO-S3 users for specific experiments, tests of sensors and in-situ validation. A support team (one technician, one sea-man and one head scientist) will assist the user group, and installing/
uninstalling operations.
The user will have access to the infrastructure by boat (service will arranged by the operator).