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EMSO-PT and the importance of underwater observatories


The national research infrastructure "European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory - Portugal" (EMSO-PT) is a research infrastructure providing access to a wide range of services related to seafloor observation, including long-term data series, field operations support, advanced technical training and consulting in seafloor exploration.

This infrastructure will also provide the scientific community with access to deep-sea experiments, specific oceanic instruments, deep-sea laboratories and collections. EMSO-PT consists of members from R&D institutions, developing advanced instrumentation and technology in line with national and European priorities and is the national node of Portugal in the European research infrastructure EMSO ERIC.

EMSO-PT has been part of the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Interest (RNIE) since 2014 and is funded by the Fundação da Ciência e da Tecnologia (FCT) and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

This video shows a water column profiler, operated by CCMAR - Centro de Ciências do Mar, and a deepwater observatory called EGIM - EMSO Generic Instrument Module.

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