The team involved in the EMSO-DEV H2020 project coordinated by Nadine Lantéri (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer) published a paper on Frontiers in Marine Science, in the section “Ocean Observation”, about the EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM), designed to measure variables of broad scientific interest consistently over long periods of time.

The paper describes the system, features, set-up, operation and data management. A series of coastal and oceanic deployments with various site configurations and deployment scenarios demonstrates that the EGIM is a valuable ocean observation module, which can significantly enhance the capability of the observatories and contribute to addressing questions that link physical, biogeochemical, biological and ecosystem variables. The diverse use cases presented in the paper relate to drivers of fish activity, hydrothermal vent fluids and particles dispersion, passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and to long-term time series of ocean environmental variation in the water column.

The various perspectives underlined that the EGIM, available to EMSO Regional Facilities and to the wider marine science community (research and industry), can be considered a milestone to meet the ocean monitoring need for standardization and interoperability.

EMSO ERIC has endorsed the responsibility to go forward.

Read the full article here.

Photo 1: credits @ifremer, The EGIM on EMSO Azores at 1700 m depth, 2017