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Fugro Oceanor Is Awarded Poseidon Ii Contract

Fugro OCEANOR has been awarded the contract for the second operational phase of Poseidon, the sea condition forecasting system in the Aegean - the only operating European network of its kind in the Mediterranean. They will upgrade the existing 11 oceanographic buoys and numerical forecasting capabilities, and install state-of-the-art Fugro OCEANOR buoy technology and ocean instrumentation as well as a supercomputer. Operated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) the Poseidon II programme will also include the observation of tsunami waves.

29 Oct 2006

The new contract builds on Fugro OCEANOR’s experience with Poseidon I, the system they installed in 1998. “We are very pleased to have this ongoing involvement with Poseidon and the HCMR, it is a testament to the effectiveness of our Seawatch system which includes all the necessary elements such as measurement platforms, numerical models, data management and dissemination facilities” says Frode Berge, managing director of Fugro OCEANOR. “This deep ocean platform is expected to attract attention from the entire world. Indeed, NOAA has already expressed interest in following the project closely, and this part of it in particular. ”

Component parts of Poseidon II

Fugro Oceanor project manager, Svein Erling Hansen explains: “We will deliver five new Wavescan buoys with a suite of physical and bio-geochemical sensors; a new supercomputer to host all operational models and there will be a deep sea installation at around 2000m water depth that will include a tsunami detection facility communicating in real time with our surface buoys. A new set of bio-geochemical sensors will be tested at this deep site. We know the technology is manageable, but we plan to add innovative elements to improve the system.”

Co-operation with global universities

Poseidon II sees a number of instances of international co-operation. It will explore new measurement techniques to estimate the total precipitation at sea surface based on acoustic measurements at great depths – this part of the project will be run in co-operation with NASA and the University of Connecticut. Working in close co-operation with the University of the Aegean, the project will focus on the calibration of instruments and data management; and the delivery of a new generation atmospheric model with improved schemes for data assimilation will involve the universities of Athens and Connecticut.

Throughout the 26-month contract tailor-made publications and reports will be prepared to demonstrate the progress of the project and its importance both to the public and to marine research in the Eastern Mediterranean. Further information on the existing Poseidon system at www.poseidon.ncmr.gr/


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