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General description

MINAS Station is located in a region of Atlantic Central Waters subduction, which is an ideal position to monitor the evolution of the anthropogenic carbon penetration in the North Atlantic.
 

Site history

Since 1974 oceanographic measurements of temperature, salinity, nutrients and CO2 have been registered in the position 43ºN, 11ºW where MINAS Station is located.
 

Geographical information

LOCATION: Northeast Atlantic.

ALTITUDE: Sea level.

COORDINATES: 42º58.68’N, 11º 1.37’W

DEPTH: 2.450 metros.
 

Contact information

CONTACT PERSON:
Aida F. Ríos
Fiz F. Pérez

INSTITUTION:
Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (CSIC)

ADDRESS:
C/Eduardo Cabello, 6
36208 Vigo

PHONE: (+34) 986231930, ext. 371 / 360

E-MAIL: aida@iim.csic.es, fiz.perez@iim.csic.es
 

Current research topics

Study of the climatic variability of the North Atlantic water masses, their relation with the NAO and the heat, freshwater, oxygen and CO2 flows balance.
 

Current data

  Parameters
Beginning
 

Abiotic parameters

 

 
 

Hydrology

 

 
 

SALINITY

From October 2005

 
 

TEMPERATURE

From October 2005

 
  OXYGEN
From October 2005
 
  CO2
From October 2005
 
 

FLUORESCENCE

From October 2005

 
 

 




 


 



 
 

DATA GUARANTEED ON A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE:
It is expected to get funds to guarantee the monitoring of all the variables in the table above in the future.

DATA FORMAT:
Data is received by ARGOS. Data is downloaded daily and it is calculated with a software created in MATLAB.

 
Data access

For the moment data is provisional because the Station is working only since October 2005 .
 

Facilities

The measurement instrument is a CARIOCA buoy which includes salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, CO2 and fluorescence sensors. The buoy is anchored at 2400 metres. The station is visited to calibrate the sensors and to check the appropriate working of the equipment.
 

Research projects and funding institutions

VACLAN Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.
CARBOOCEAN Integrated Project funded by the European Union.
 

On-going collaborations

University of Vigo, Spanish Institute of Oceanography
 

Some data

Time series of CO2, salinity, oxygen and temperature measured in MINAS Station during the 4 weeks after its installation (23th Oct 2005) .

 

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Last update October 2006