Second Year Results
A large amount of historical data (geographical, physical, meteorological, hydrological, oceanographic, sedimentological, and water and sediment quality) have been collected from local archives and they have been organized in a preliminary data base. The archive has been made available on the official web site of the project and it will be organized in the third year in a well-structured archive of historical data for Montenegro area.
Real time river flow and water quality monitoring has started in Bojana river and Bokakotorska Bay.
Two bathymetric and sedimentological cruises have been carried out together with two mesoscale seasonal oceanographic survey that mapped accurately and for the first time the basic hydrological and biochemical structure of the circulation in Montenegro coastal area and Bokakotorska Bay. Two more surveys are expected in 2009.
The in situ monitoring activity in the open ocean continued through voluntary observing ships (VOS) and the new monitoring instrument (T-FLAP) for temperature and fluorescence has been developed and tested on VOS. The monitoring of the meteo-marine parameters from VOS has been successfully implemented and data was transmitted in real time.
The monitoring activity from satellite are also continuing, and new algorithms for the interpretation of satellite images have been implemented and tested with in situ data collected during the seasonal-mesoscale surveys.
In general, the monitoring activities are all under a good way, and the foundations, in order to build an environmental monitoring network for the river and coastal area, have been set up.
First Year Results
During the first year of the project, the final areas of investigation have been decided from a geographical, hydro-meteorological, physical, oceanographic and hydrologic point of view. A large amount of historical data has been rescued from different archives and the available data gave information on physics, geography, oceanography, hydro-meteorology, urban and non-urban waters, sediments. The quality control on the rescued data has started.
A plan for the acquisition of monitoring
instruments and platforms has been devised that considers:
A very accurate analysis of the instrumentation to be acquired has been carried out. The plans and schedules for the bathymetric surveys of the Bokakotorska bay and the coastal strip have been defined. Two of the four seasonal oceanographic cruises have been carried out in November 2007 and January 2008.
The ADRICOSM satellite data products have been consolidated and new algorithms for ocean colour defined. The real time satellite data delivery has been assured, the format of the satellite products has been changed and new catalogues created for historical satellite data sets.
The VOS program for XBT ocean temperature profiles and meteorological data has been continued along the track Trieste-Durres-Bari , and a new system for the management of the data has been tested.
Different experiments aimed at the upgrade of the T-Flap probes have been carried out. In particular the experiments where focused on the measurements of depth, falling velocity, trim, acceleration and impact, fluorescence, and on the calibration system.
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