Bringing the Ocean to Society
7 Nov 2019
A deep-sea observatory is born in the Eastern Ligurian Sea
EurOcean Member CNR continues to expand its marine research infrastructures.

The study of climate change, the protection of the marine ecosystem and the mitigation of natural hazards are the main objectives of the new deep sea-deep observatory Levante Canyon Mooring, recently launched by EurOcean Member CNR in the Eastern Ligurian Sea, off Cinque Terre. 

The new deep-sea observatory is a collaboration between the CNR and the following institutions:

  • Ligurian District of Marine Technologies (DLTM)
  • Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
  • National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV)
  • Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute (IIM)

The marine research infrastructure fills an existing gap in the Mediterranean ocean observation system with an advanced multi-disciplinary observatory. The Levante Canyon Mooring facility is equipped with a set of instruments that will allow to study various oceanographic parameters, such as salinity, temperature and currents, down to 600 metres.

The state-of-the-art observatory is part of a multidisciplinary monitoring network operated by CNR and represents the latest step in the construction of a vast system of acquisition and processing of marine data.

For further details please contact Simone Marini (CNR - Ismar Lerici Secondary Headquarters (La Spezia; simone.marini@sp.ismar.cnr.it or labmare@dltm.it).