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|Authors: ||Lo Bue, N.*|
|Title: ||Investigation of Benthic Boundary Layer processes through seafloor observatories|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Keywords: ||Boundary Layer|
|Abstract: ||The investigation of the Benthic Boundary Layer (BBL) involves the study of a wide
spectrum of different, but connected, processes. In order to study the evolution of
physical, geochemical, geological and biological phenomena, and to comprehend their
possible relationships, a long-term monitoring with the seafloor observatory support
Unlike mooring approach, the sea bottom observatories represent a more stable platform
wherein a wide variety of instrument can be mounted, giving several advantages
on power autonomy and higher sampling rate. In addition, the shortest distance to the
bottom of observatory instruments, permits to appreciate even phenomena that can
happen close to the sea bottom.
The stable localisation of all the instruments at the same bottom depth and their accurate
unit time reference allow a relatively easier and efficient comparison of different
kind of signals recorded in situ, offering a new and interesting possibility to better
understand and describe possible benthic processes.
Although to collect long-time series often can give some instrumental drifting problems
(especially for the electrode sensors or, in shallow environment, due to bigger
befouling activity), an efficient instrumental pre and post-calibration, as well as the
possibility to collect water samples during the long period of measurements, guarantee
to restore the signals recorded during the data processing phases.
The versatility of these observatories then offers a good opportunity to investigate, in
the same time, different natural fields and with different instrumental approaches. In
addition, it permit to discover that the BBL is not at all a stable environment but, as all the interface layers, it is dominated by strong dynamics processes.|
|Appears in Collections:||04.04.04. Marine geology|
03.01.05. Operational oceanography
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