Profiling buoys

In collaboration with Turku University of Applied Sciences, FINMARI partners UTU, FMI, and SYKE-MRC currently maintain a profiling archipelago buoy near Seili station, for continuous measurement of basic physical, chemical, and fluorescence parameters of the water column.

The profiling buoy is the first of the forthcoming FINMARI profiling buoy network and it offers a testbed for FINMARI R&D on novel sensors and experimental modules.

A network of profiling buoys will be stepwise moored in the vicinity to the 4 coastal stations (Seili, Husö, Tvärminne, Utö), capturing the biogeographical gradient of the southern Finnish archipelago coastline.

This network of buoys yields high-resolution data for synthetic work across coastal gradients on seasonal stratification dynamics, forcing the pelagic-benthic coupling and concurrent material fluxes, highly relevant for eutrophication dynamics of coastal systems.

Currently (06/2016), Seili buoy is operational, Husö buoy is purchased and will be deployed during summer 2016, and the bottom-moored profiling buoy for Utö is under EU-tendering procedure.

image: Turku University of Applied Sciences