Expandable Seafloor Observatory
Expandable Seafloor Observatory
Barcelona, Catalan Coast (Spain), Western Mediterranean
41.1819°N - 1.7524°E
Legal name of organisation
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
OBSEA is an underwater cabled observatory connected with 4 km of cable to the coast of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Spain) and placed at a depth of 20m in a fishing protected area. Operations are done by scuba divers and small boats. A surface buoy located at 40m from the underwater unit is an extension of OBSEA working as surface platform for measuring oceanographic and environmental parameters. A Shore Station provides power (3.6kW) to feed all the devices and the fiber optic link (1Gbps) to establish communications. At the same time from land we manage alarms and data storage. With a length of 1000 meters the terrestrial cable connects the Ground Station to the Beach Manhole where the submarine cable begins its route to the node location at 4 km from the coast and 20 m depth.
OBSEA has nowadays two junction boxes with a total of 16 underwater webmate connectors.
|Instrument||Measured Parameter(s)||Elevation / Depth||Sampling||Frequency of data recovery|
|CTD||T, S, Depth, Conductivity, Sound Velocity||20 m||10 seconds||Real Time|
|AWAC||Currents and waves||20 m||1 minute||Real Time|
|Hydrophone||Acoustic pressure||20 m||96kSps||Real Time|
|Underwater VideoCameras||images||20 m||10fps||Real Time|
|Seismometer||Seadbed vibrations||20 m||256Sps||Real Time|
|Meteo Station||T, Hr, P, wind||0 m||10 seconds||Real Time|
|Surface Camera||Images||0 m||10fps||Real Time|
|pH and pCO2 (early 2016)||-||0 m||soon||Real Time|
- Remote: the measuring system is implemented by the operator of the installation and the presence of the user group is not required,
- In person/hands-on: the presence of the user group is required/recommended during the whole operation period)
- Partially remote: the presence of the user group is required at some stage e.g. installing and un-installing user’s equipment.
Unit of access (UA): day.
Access duration corresponds to the period of installing, operating and un-installing a measuring system by the users (in person/hands-on and partially remote access) or in his/her behalf by the access provider (remote access).
TNA projects supported by JERICO-NEXT:
The infrastructure offers power, communications and synchronization to instruments or systems to be deployed in the area. In addition offers the data of permanent instruments, like: CTD, Hydrophone, Seismometer, Video Camera, AWAC, Meteo Station. Quality controlled data available in real time. Data from CTDs and Meteorological buoy are available in real time through as OGC SOS, IEEE 1451 and .csv or .txt files. Hourly data average with QC/QA are available in .csv and netCDF format. The Data can be accessed in EMODnet Physics, OGC SOS, IEEE 1451, and RAW data in .csv, .txt format through OBSEA web page and FTP server.
Biological assessment of species trough real time video cameras and cabled observatories is being carried out at Obsea. Permanent seismometers offer seismic data to regional (Catalan) and national (Spanish) seismic networks. Current meters data (AWAC) are being used to study coastal dynamics. UPC staff offers technical support for instrument deployment planning, interfacing with observatory, and access to real time instrument data after deployment.
To be verified with the facility provider.