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Capo Granitola marine observatory

SUMMARY

 

The Cape Granitola marine observatory is located in the Strait of Sicily, which divides the Eastern and Western Mediterranean basins and divides Africa from Europe. The Strait of Sicily is considered an area of high biogeographical and hydrodynamic importance, and it can be regarded as a privileged observatory for biodiversity monitoring. 
The Capo Granitola marine observatory is equipped with a digital hydrophone to monitor anthropogenic/natural noise and biodiversity, two IP cameras and a CTD probe. Data are transmitted in real time to the Bioacoustics laboratory of CNR – Capo Granitola. 
The Cape Granitola cabled station is also a facility to test marine sensors, and allow real-time communication with the deployed devices
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GENERAL INFORMATION
 

Location: Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Sicily
Distance from land: 350 m
Max water depth: 9
Date 1st deployment: April 2021
Supported by: Italy
Operated by: BioacousticsLab of CNR-IAS Capo Granitola
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Status: running

SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVES

Capo Granitola marine observatory aims to monitor and characterize the contributions of natural and anthropogenic sound sources (soundscape) and identification of the ecological dynamics as crucial elements for assessing the impact of man-made disturbances on shallow waters marine habitats. 
Other objective is to offer a facility to test marine sensors.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE
 

Capo Granitola station is an underwater cabled seabed observatory located in front of Capo Granitola (Strait of Sicily) at 9 m depth. The observatory is equipped with a wide band frequency hydrophone, two cameras, and a CTD.  Data are transmitted in real time by optic fiber to the Bioacoustics laboratory of CNR – Capo Granitola. The observatory can house up to 12 sensors via wet connections and provides power supply and real time data stream. CNR of Capo Granitola has a small harbor with a boat to operate in the marine observatory.