The Port d’Andratx underwater cabled observatory is a multi-port underwater system that can handle four Ip underwater cameras at a time. It is connected to a land-based station through a voltage cable and fiber optic link to carry digital data. It currently holds two Ip cameras and has an independent temperature and sea-level gauge at the land-base serving real-time data.
The objectives of the system are threefold. Firstly, it aims at providing continuous image files (saved each 15 minutes) that enable the long-term time-series analysis of image-based data. The camera used for this purpose is currently focusing an underwater vessel that attracts biomass in a highly anthropized environment. The Fish Ecology group at IMEDEA develops image-based solutions for estimating ecological parameters of key species within several projects (see the corresponding section in our web). Secondly, it is the objective of the sub-eye to serve as a communication and diffusion tool, through enabling access to real-time video (under construction). Lastly, it aims at constituting an underwater node to record potential changes in species/communities that can be part of a broader community of underwater nodes.
This observatory has been partially financed by the research projects REC2 (CTM2011-23835) and PHENOFISH (CTM2015-69126-C2-1-R) from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).