BCSS Ocean Observatory – The Pulse of the Ocean

April 29, 2018 | Howard Rickard

The BCSS team is working on a novel concept on marine sciences & oceanography. We are combining traditional seafloor ocean observatories with novel techniques to monitor also the pelagic water for predators and much more. Very exciting times ahead.

These are extremely good times to get involved in marine sciences – modern technology allows pushing the boundaries and creativity far beyond our imagination a few years back. You blink an eye and you miss the action. But this will not happen at BCSS, we are up for the challenge and we are absolutely ready.

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BCSS is deploying an array of a minimum of 6 underwater 50 kg units that will monitor and survey the seafloor around the Bazaruto Archipelago waters long-term with cameras, sensors, receivers to establish the first and only permanent African time-series in the ocean. We are joining the elite club in oceanography with only a few stations and organizations in the world that can sustain permanent oceanic time-series. Marine research in Africa is very biased to large marine animals because they are more visible and attractive, but nobody has been taking care of the small stuff. The oceans pulse is measured via its chemistry, its composition, its plankton and its physics. All this in turn then affects large animals and the whole trophic web, so here we are to bring it all together as an institution.

 

 

At BCSS we are bringing new technology to also observe the pelagic waters in ways never seen before using small towing cameras that capture the most extreme action, including natural attacks form sharks, tuna, wahoos or marlin.

It is the whole trophic web and ecosystem that we are studying from the tiniest fraction which is the chemistry and the atoms to the largest, which are the big predators. Exciting times to join BCSS and work with Dr. Mario Lebrato and his team in the BCSS Ocean Observatory.