POLLUTION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
"At CNR in Oristano (www.seaforecast.cnr.it) we have used both Offshore and Coastal Nomad drifters in areas of the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea. These are areas under potential risks of pollution due to heavy metals or oil in the marine environment. SouthTEK drifters have shown to be low cost, easy-to-use and reliable instruments in both open waters and inside harbors. Their high data quality has permitted us to validate easily coastal and open ocean numerical models, each of them with different needs."
SEARCH AND RESCUE
"Salvamento Marítimo (www.salvamentomaritimo.es) provides the public service of Search and Rescue in Spain under the Ministry of Fomento. It is critical to us to get knowledge of the currents at sea so that we can address our maritime and aerials units to the position where a shipwrecked person is expected to be. We used both Coastal and Offshore Nomad buoys, and its contrast with simulated processes, to this aim, and they were very useful and are easy to configure and operate. They are also robust and the battery can be recharged once picked up, so we have been using them over and over again over several years now."
"Nomads drifters are the perfect complement to validate our models for the complex circulation of the Strait of Gibraltar. Currents and counter-currents predicted by our theoretical and numerical analyses were later confirmed thanks to the precision provided by these buoys; good value for money, no doubt!"
"I operated Noman buoys from SouthTEK while at the project MEGAN (www.facebook.com/ MeganOceanography) to follow the Lagrangian path of plankton patches. Their precision and easy operation allowed us to track these mesoscale patches with our oceanographic vessel. The experiment with more than 30 drifters was a full success and one to repeat in future cruises with these reliable and technologically advanced buoys."
"I am doing my Ph D on the ecology of jellyfishes in the western Mediterranean. I came across with the buoys from SouthTEK and though they can help me to understand how coastal currents transport these animals across beaches. Being a biologist by formation, it was surprising for me how quickly I obtained information about physical processes like currents and advection, and they are very easy to operate. As they say, to switch them on is all you need to start getting valuable information; thanks SouthTEK team for this great job!"