The Porcupine Abyssal Plain is vast plain situated at a water depth between 4000 and 4850 m. This site has been studied from the surface to the abyss since the mid-1980s. It is positioned between the North Atlantic current and the Azores Currents and it is crossed by clockwise and anticlockwise swirls and eddies. Its seabed hosts a rich living community, that is sampled and photographed. The combined monitoring data sets capture short-term (daily-seasonal), longer-term trends (climate driven) and episodic events (e.g. spring bloom) and the data contribute to the Europe-wide move toward good environmental status of our seas.
EMSO scientific disciplines: atmosphere, physical oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine ecology, abyssal seafloor