Monitoring of the Nazaré Canyon

The Nazare Canyon Observatory (MONICAN) was implemented from 2008 to 2011 with the support of the EEA Grants 2004-2009 Financial Mechanism (project MONICAN). Presently this observatory is integrated in the network of European coastal observatories gathered under the European project JERICO-NEXT (H2020-INFRAIA 2014-2015).

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The MONICAN real-time monitoring network, presently installed, includes:

  • Two multi-parametric buoys with real-time data transmission, deployed in waters of 2000m depth (deep buoy, MONICAN1) and 80m depth (coastal buoy, MONICAN2).
  • Two tide gauges, one installed at the port of Peniche and another in the port of Nazaré.
  • One coastal meteorological stations installed in Ferrel.

Monitoring and forecasting of meteorological and oceanographic conditions in MONICAN buoys (select MONICAN 01 or 02). The forecast of sea wave parameters for the location of the buoy was obtained based on the model run in WW3 Hydrographic Institute. The wind forecasts for the same location are obtained from the ECMWF model and made available by the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera.


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