Condor observatory is an underwater multidisciplinary laboratory for seamount research, implemented on the Condor seamount.
Multiple scientific projects from DOP-IMAR/UAz are contributing to this observatory, under the umbrella of the CONDOR project.
Condor observatory: why?
A seamount observatory can yield information on many different aspects of the ecosystem, allowing in situ observations. In this way, temporal variability, on scales of hours to months, of oceanographic and biological factors modeling seamount ecosystem, can be detected and measured.
The integration of such data is expected to make a significant contribution to our understanding of seamount ecological structure and functioning, from the sea surface down to the seafloor.
How does Condor observatory work?
Since 2008, different equipment have been deployed on Condor observatory to obtain long term oceanographic and biological data, along with remote-sensing data.
The Condor observatory scheme below shows main platforms and equipment in use and planned to be used on the observatory, along with a brief description of their function. (click on the image for large version)