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Geophysical and oceanographic station for abyssal research

Objective



Aim of GEOSTAR project is the development of a deep sea multidisciplinary, unmanned, modular benthic station for longterm monitoring of geophysical and oceanographic parameters.
GEOSTAR is also conceived as a tool open to many types of applications, including possibility of being reconfigured for different missions and different sites.
GEOSTAR constitutes therefore the core element of a gradual technological development of tools and packages enabling the realization of a more complex structure.
GEOSTAR will be able to manage and support long-term experiments, dedicated scientific packages and other satellite stations.
GEOSTAR project will ensure the optimal transfer between the requirements and expectancies of the scientific community and the technological solutions envisaged for the prototype development.
This approach is based on four basic constituents:
* Scientific requirements, concerning definition of GEOSTAR missions in terms o payload, methodologies for data acquisition, storage, retrieval, procedures for data analysis and dissemination.
* Definition of the environment in which the station will operate: GEOSTAR prototype will be designed around a reference mission in a significant site in deep Mediterranean Sea.
* Prototype development, in line with the requirements imposed by the missions: it will include system design, detailed design, manufacturing, testing and overall system integration.
* Planning, set-up and execution of tests in controlled conditions and organization of sea trials.
On this framework, a four-national partnership has consolidated, joining qualified scientific and industrial partners determined to proceed together in close interaction, to achieve profitable enhancement of deep sea observation capabilities.
The final outcome of this development process will be the availability of fully integrated and tested prototype, ready to start a second phase, devoted to the execution of a mission in real operative conditions, with long-term data collection and analysis.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica
Address
Via Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Italy

Participants (8)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
France
Address
3 Rue De La Batterie Des Lions
13007 Marseille
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)
France
Address

83507 La Seyne-sur-mer
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Gobetti 101
40129 Bologna
ORCA INSTRUMENTATION S.A.R.L.
France
Address
Rue Pierre Rivoallon 5
29200 Brest
TECNOMARE SPA - SOCIETA PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE TECNOLOGIE MARINE
Italy
Address
San Marco 3584
30124 Venezia
Technische Universität Berlin
Germany
Address
Müller-breslau-strasse(schleuseninsel)
10623 Berlin
Thetis Technologie GmbH
Germany
Address
Goseriede 10
30159 Hannover
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Kensington Terrace 6 Bedson Building
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne