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Discover the WAVY Littoral: a surface drifter designed for coastal observations 

 The WAVY Litoral is one of the surface drifters from the WAVY family designed to collect marine data on coastal zones.  This small-sized surface drifter is about 12cm in diameter and weighs close to 750 g. The WAVY is equipped with an IMU (MEMS) sensor to collect critical wave parameters such as linear and rotational accelerations caused by passing waves. 

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WAVY Littoral Campaign in collaboration with SAGA Project

On the 9th July, the WAVY Littoral was used to validate a model for a Port Management Support System, in the scope of the Portuguese project SAGA (Sistema de Apoio à Gestão Portuária). The campaign took place in Portimão Port (Portugal).


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MELOA: promoting Citizen Science to get meaningful marine data

MELOA dedicated the month of May to celebrate Citizen Science! We want to to create awareness towards the importance of such an approach in scientific research, though the promotion of articles, videos, and WAVY Test Campaigns involving the citizens. 


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Sneak peek at the WAVY's Energy Harvester field tests 

Field tests using buoys with the same size and weight as the WAVYs, took place in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Spain), to assess the performance of the Energy Harvesters being developed by UPC in the scope of MELOA.


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What makes the WAVYs perfect surface drifters for Citizen Science?

MELOA is working to deliver a range of surface drifters that can be used for citizen science, in the scope of marine research. From devices to be used near shore such as the WAVY Littoral, to more sophisticated devices destined to open waters such as the WAVY Ocean, they all come equipped with a set of sensors and serve the purpose of monitoring and better understanding the aquatic environment.      

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Citizen Science & Marine Research Projects

Citizens can play a critical role to help the scientific community get valuable data to understand the marine sciences. With such vast ocean and extensive coastlines, citizen science is an important approach to generate meaningful scientific knowledge.


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Satellite telemetry solution for new low-cost European WAVY drifters for open ocean

The data collected by WAVY Ocean, WAVY Ocean-Plus and WAVY Ocean Atmo (once available) will be processed by CLS and then delivered through the MELOA portal as open data to the scientists.


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International Women's Day

The International Women's Day 2019 campaign #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. For this reason, several members of our team were invited to share their thoughts. 


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Why in-situ measuraments are important to observe the Ocean?

The need to understand the current state of the ocean and respective impact on climate has caused an increasing trend to closely monitor the World Ocean over the years.


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MELOA: The evolution of the Surface Drifters

Surface drifters have been used in Oceanography for over a century to gather information about the Ocean. With the aim of covering marine observation gaps, MELOA is further advancing the WAVY surface drifters.


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Together we can preserve the Oceans

World Oceans Day is a global celebration to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. To celebrate this year's World Ocean Day, MELOA partners developed pledges and commitments towards the preservation of the Oceans. Check out our pledges!


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WAVY Test Campaign in the Portuguese Coast

The first WAVY test campaign took place on 16th and 17th June, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The test campaign consisted in a demonstration of the WAVYs with the main objective to observe and take measurements of the rip currents at the Cabedelo beach.


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Interview by Porto Canal

On 20th March 2018, some partners of MELOA – Oceanscan MST, ISR and INESC TEC – were interviewed by Porto Canal for the programme “Mentes que Brilham”.


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Why WAVY is not just another surface drifter?

To our knowledge, WAVY is the first drifter to have been designed specifically to carry out measurements in the surf zone. WAVY is the first of a family and the starting point of the MELOA generation. 


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MELOA: Innovating the Marine Observation Systems

MELOA project has been selected for funding by the European Commission to develop a family of multi-purpose, multi-sensor and extra light ocean drifters, suitable for use in oceanographic studies and other applications.


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Exploring new links between MELOA and MarRisk

A lively discussion centred on possible links to be established between MELOA and MarRisk, an ongoing Interreg project where IH and the University of Minho are working in collaboration.

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