September 2023 will be a busy month for the OCEAN CITIZEN team! A new campaign has already been set up in Tenerife, and a boat full of researchers is ready to set sail!
In September 2023, 11 partners will go to Tenerife to conduct different actions related to the tasks, especially those of WP2. Dr. Feldens from IOW and Dr. Schneider from the CAU will oversee the bathymetry of Punta Blanca. They will be accompanied by Dr. Isla from the ICM-CSIC, who will set up the 4-year mooring with the sediment trap and a current sensor to evaluate sediment transport and carbon fluxes. Dr. Havermans, from AWI, with the field support of the local partner INNOCEANA, will repeat the sediment and water sampling conducted in April, but this time focusing on the mesophotic and deep areas. Dr. Costantini from Università di Bologna (CONISMA) will expand the connectivity studies in sponge and cnidarians populations, whilst Dr. Bramanti from the CNRS will start looking for biodiversity parameters in the regeneration area. With Dr. Otero (ULPGC), the study of the population and the biodiversity will be made in shallow and mesophotic areas. The deeper areas will be explored with ROV by Dr. Rossi (Università del Salento). The people of UGI, Miss Busquier, Mr. García-Durán, Miss Peeters and Miss Del Río, will also support some of these actions, as well ascontinuing the stakeholder contact. Dr. Marbà and her team (IMEDEA-CSIC) will look for the phanerogam patches, whilst Dr. Johnson (NUI Galway) will oversee assessing fish density and biodiversity, especially in the mesophotic area and the continental platform.