A WaveGlider autonomous surface vehicle from the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) fleet, fitted with an array of meteorological and oceanographic sensors, is completing a cetacean observation mission this week in the waters of the East and South of Gran Canaria.
The National Museum of Science and Technology (MUNCYT) in Alcobendas will host an exhibition related to the EDUROVs Initiative and Marine Robotics workshops during August and September.
Young people aged 12 years and over will be able to participate in these Marine Robotics workshops that last one hour and a half, from August 2 to September 29, 2019, Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 to 13:00 hours, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12:30 to 14:00 hours. The workshop participants, divided into groups of 6 and 8, will be helped by responsibles for dissemination during the construction of the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with specific material provided by PLOCAN, in order to operate it in a swimming pool installed at the Museum. These workshops could be requested at the Museum ticket office until full capacity.
UK’s companies AutoNaut Ltd. and Seiche Ltd. have successfully conducted between July 8th and 13th , 2019 in waters of PLOCAN’s Test Site in Gran Canaria ocean trials with a 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) suited by a dedicated payload configuration including passive acoustic and optical sensors mainly addressed to monitor marine mammals. Trials have been conducted in technical cooperation with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the logistic and operational support of PLOCAN. AutoNaut is an USV propelled by the motion of the waves and able to carry on different sensor payload configurations according to user needs, addressed to improve ocean observations in both coastal and open ocean areas in a more efficient and sustainable way.
PLOCAN has completed the implementation of the Communication and Dissemination activities in the Marine-Maritime Sector (CODIMAR) Project, which sought to generate new communication and scientific dissemination mechanisms, as well as to take advantage and reinforce the projects in execution and the events held in PLOCAN with specific actions.
The CODIMAR Project has achieved its objectives, impacting on society and schools, with the participation of more than 500 students and 37 schools in the 3D printing workshops, the production of 19 videos made by schools within the video contest on the educational initiative EDUROVs and the development of two permanent interactive exhibitions on marine-maritime activities based on the facilities and services offered by PLOCAN.