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MITEC aims to design, develop and construct an advanced, efficient, integrated system for measuring, processing and evaluating oceanographic parameters (stratification, mixing, fluorescence, near surface microstructure, etc) that are essential to determine near surface fluxes which are required for a correct description of physical and biological processes in the surface boundary layer of natural waters. Application studies will be performed to demonstrate the potential of the developed system. The development of a methodology to investigate the influence of small-scale physical processes on the dynamics of marine ecosystems, and the responses of key organisms to varying oceanographic regimes, will be specifically addressed. In order to achieve this goal within the framework of MITEC the following activities are planned:

- Development, adaptation and assessment of methodologies for performing the near surface microstructure measurements and to evaluate the data;
- Development and construction of a free rising system to measure the near surface microstructure of density and current fields with a resolution in the millimetre-range, and to measure bio-optical properties. The data acquisition and basic evaluation software will be integrated within the system;
- Laboratory and field measurements as well as application studies to assess the performance of the developed system and to demonstrate its application potential.

The final deliverable will be a complete end-to-end system for the assessment of important physical and biological parameters in the surface boundary layer, from gathering the data to the evaluation of surface boundary layer processes. The resulting prototype is intended to be the base for an industrial-commercial product of potential interest to a world-wide community involved in research and management of a marine environment. ment.

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Authors: STIPS A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Marine Sciences and Technologies (1998)
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-5011-6
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