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In April 2008 the ANIMATE network Observatories became part of the EuroSITES European Ocean Observatory Network.
Data shown here and subsequent data are available through the EuroSITES website www.eurosites.info
The ANIMATE site will not be updated further.

Sensor Information

Atlantic Network of Interdisciplinary Moorings and Time-series for Europe

Funded by the EU in 2002-2004 as the 5th framework project EVR1-CT-2001-40014
now funded in part by EU-funded projects Mersea IP and Carbo-Ocean
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View of Earth showing Mooring positions

Providing multidisciplinary data since 2002.

The 3 deep ocean Mooring sites: CIS , ESTOC, and PAP have collected data for 3 years under the ANIMATE banner. Having proved the original ANIMATE mooring concept the further funding will enable the systems to be enhanced and refined to provide a set of long term time-series data to be included in efforts to model future climate change.
ESTOC : 14th April 2008 Buoy removed  
PAP : A redesigned mooring was deployed from Celtic Explorer in June 2007 but the mooring moved off position on 9th August.  
CIS Redeployed July 2007 and succesfuly sent real-time data until the surface telemetry mooring became detached on 14th October.  
CV : In 2006 a 4th mooring has been developed at Cape Verde. More details of the CV site are available here    
Click on the mooring on the map to view more details and the data collected so far.

The project started in 2002 and has the following aims:-

1. Develop a European carbon cycle time-series infrastructure at 3 key sites in the north east Atlantic. These will be networked within a larger-scale ocean carbon observing system, providing critical input to studies on climate change and in particular the role of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

2. Provide a focus for European ship-based and moored repeat measurements in the 3 target areas.

3. Make maximum usage of existing infrastructure, instrumentation, hardware and expertise from different European groups, and share/transfer the existing and new elements of the system for joint implementation and operation.

4. Implement real-time telemetry of subsets of the prime data to be collected, for immediate dissemination to the general public using the internet.

5. Extend to the wider community the use of the data obtained and the mooring infrastructure.

6. Interface with the the global carbon cycle observing system.

The ANIMATE partners were five European Institutions, each providing expertise, facilities and equipment.
For further details go to the Contact page or click on the icon.
Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas IFM-GEOMAR Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften an der Universität Kiel Marine Research Institute, Iceland Marum - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

ANIMATE was an EU-funded 5th framework project EVR1-CT-2001-40014

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