Monitoring of the Nazaré Canyon

The MONICAN project is financed through the EEA Grants Financial Mechanism and to implement real time monitoring and operational forecasting capabilities for the area of influence of the Nazaré Submarine Canyon.

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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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