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Acoustic Technology for observing the interior of the Arctic Ocean

Objective

ACOBAR will develop an observing system for the interior of the Arctic Ocean based on underwater acoustic methods including tomography, data transmission and communication to/from underwater platforms, and navigation of gliders. ACOBAR offers complementary methods to the ARGO system, which has limited capability in ice-covered seas. Data collection and transmission from the water column, the seafloor and the subseafloor will be possible in ice-covered seas based on research conducted in ACOBAR. The research will contribute to filling gaps in the global ocean observing system and thereby support the development of GEOSS. ACOBAR will implement field experiments with acoustic sources and receivers as well as gliders in the Fram Strait. Acoustic travel time data will be used to obtain integrated 3-D fields of temperature, transports and heat fluxes. Long-range acoustic navigation commands will be tested to operate gliders. Data transmission from fixed moorings via acoustic modems to the surface for downloading from ships or for satellite transmission will be implemented. The existing array of acoustic sources from ice-tethered platforms in the Arctic Ocean will be tested for tomographic measurements of water mass properties. Data from tomography arrays and other underwater platforms will be disseminated to users with near real-time capability, including assimilation in ocean models. ACOBAR will extend and improve methods for underwater data collection that was first tested in DAMOCLES IP. The acoustic technologies in ACOBAR aim to be used for transmission of multidisciplinary data from underwater observatories developed in ESONET NoE. Transfer of technology and know-how from USA to Europe and between industry and research institutes will take place, with exchange of scientists, workshops and meetings between scientists, engineers and students. The consortium consists of 9 partners, of which three are SMEs and six are research and educational institutions.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Address
Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 059 140
Administrative Contact
Stein Sandven (Prof.)

Participants (9)

ARCHITECTURE ET CONCEPTION DE SYSTEMES AVANCES

Participation ended

France
Address
Europarc Sainte Victoire 9
13590 Meyreuil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Camille Bechaz (Ms.)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 961 694,40
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 425 715,60
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Billi-Rizza (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
United States
Address
Gilman Drive 9500
92093 0934 La Jolla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Worcester (Dr.)
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
United States
Address
Woods Hole Road 573
02543 Woods Hole
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
James F. Lynch (Dr.)
OPTIMARE SENSORSYSTEME AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 400
Address
Am Luneort 15 A
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reina Braun (Ms.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE TECHNIQUES AVANCEES BRETAGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 141 200
Address
2, Rue Francois Verny
29806 Brest Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Seube (Prof.)
AQUATEC TELEMETRY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 128 630
Address
High Street Mildmay House
RG27 8NY Hartley Wintney
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Michael Smerdon (Mr.)
ALSEAMAR
France
EU contribution
€ 132 220
Address
6 Rue Paul Baudry
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Camille Bechaz (Ms.)