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Research Infrastructure

Research Vessel B/O Sarmiento de Gamboa

Description This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs. It is a 70.5 m multidisciplinary research vessel, operated for science by the UTM-CSIC on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO). The design of the ship is focused in global ocean circulation studies, marine biodiversity, fishery resources and climate change, and it is used for different scientific disciplines (geophysics, geology, oceanography, biology, hydrology, fisheries, etc.). It is a silent research vessel in terms of radiated noise to water (due to the diesel-electric propulsion design). The vessel can operate deep sea ROVs and AUVs and it is capable to deploy underwater observatories (using the Dynamic Positioning system). The ship it is especially adapted for large scenarios like multichannel reflection seismics (6.000 m) or long seabed piston corer sampling. All the instrumentation assigned to the ship is state-of-the-art technology in scientific research, the equipment include acoustic instrumentation, geophysical systems, seismic scenarios, seabed sampling instruments, water column sampling devices, fishing gears, and a permanent internet link, which allows data transfer between on-board and on-shore. All the data from scientific equipment and navigation is time-stamped and distributed through the local area network.
URL http://www.utm.csic.es/sarmiento.asp?switchlang=2
Status Operational since 2007
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
RI Categorization Research Facilities
Location Passeig MarĂ­tim de la Barceloneta 37-49, Barcelona, 08003, Catalonia, Spain
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15347