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16/12/2014 - We have installed a second camera in the OBSEA observatory!!
The camera has a brush that is activated periodically to clean the glass. We have also mounted two lasers placed in parallel and spaced at known distance that helps to determine size the fishes.
Incident at OBSEA
17/11/2014 - Sunday, November 16 at 22:00h, a fishing net was caught in the observatory and broke the underwater lighting system. During this week we will make maintenance in order to remove the fishing net and to repair the lighting system.
OBSEA maintenance and preparation of the second node
10/11/2014 - We have installed the surface buoy camera, cleaned the OBSEA underwater camera and marked the area where the second node of the observatory will be soon installed.
04/07/2014 - Primary and secondary school teachers develop educational material based on OBSEA (in collaboration with the “Centre de Recursos Pedagògics del Garraf”). An interesting way to learn how the marine ecosystem works.
OBSEA present in the journey "Barcelona Citizen Science Day"
11/06/2014 - OBSEA was present at the conference "Barcelona Citizen Science Day" showing "OBSEA Citizen Science" project. The journey "Barcelona Citizen Science Day" wants to be the first open forum dedicated to extending the concept of citizen science in the city with the aim of creating synergies in the environment of this new way of doing science.
10/06/2014 - We are developing new devices and expanding the OBSEA infrastructure, including the lighting of the underwater cameras and the new light measuring sensor. This sensor will allow us to measure the amount of light we have at different depths, with a distance between sensors of about 1m along the 20 meters deep that the underwater station is located. Thanks to "Royal Diamond, S.A.", experts in the manufacture of resins, for their support in the realization of these two devices.
15/05/2014 - The data collected by OBSEA can already see through the platform EMODnet Physics.This platform includes access to the data provided by public authorities, scientists and industry, creating a European network of observation to help in monitoring the globalenvironment and marine safety.
17/05/2013 - Martech comes to its fifth edition next October provided by the Vicorob group, with the colaboration of SARTI. After three editions at its home venue (Vilanova I la Geltrú) SARTI wanted the congress to do some roaming, so last year's edition was held at Cádiz, and this year it will be celebrated at the city of Girona .
17/05/2013 - On 18 and 19 of July, organized by SARTI, it will be held in Barcelona the International Electrical Measurements Congress, IMEKO TC4. The organizers have prepared for the same week, linked to the Congress, a training program in Vilanova I la Geltru called Summer School for twenty students from Spain and abroad.
22/10/2012 - A new online camera has been installed at the OBSEA oceanographic buoy. It is equipped with a fisheye lens that makes possible to watch the Vilanova i la Geltrú coast live, from a point at 4km offshore
20/06/2011 - The group is a new associate member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
OBSEA is a cabled seafloor observatory located 4 km off the Vilanova i la Geltru coast in a fishing protected area. It is connected to the coast by an energy and communications mixed cable.
The main advantages of having a cabled observatory are that it provides an uninterrupted power supply to the scientific instruments and offers a high bandwidth communication link. This way, real time data is available and problems encountered in battery powered systems are avoided. The proposed solution is the implementation of an optical Ethernet network that transmits data continuously to marine sensors connected to the observatory. With OBSEA, we can perform a real time observation of multiple parameters in the marine medium.