Automatic Monitoring  of the Sea

Mar Grande - Taranto (Italy)


unità operativa



In the activities of the RITMARE flagship project (Ricerca Italiana per il Mare, Italian Research for the Sea), prof. Michele Mossa’s research group of the Civil, Environmental, Building Engineering and Chemistry Department (DICATECh) of the Technical University of Bari (Italy) has installed a system in the Mar Grande of Taranto (Italy) for the monitoring of sea currents, waves, water quality and weather. The system is installed on a seamark managed by the Taranto Port Authority, with which the DICATECh stipulates a special agreement.

System installation in the Mar Grande of Taranto - December 2013

RITMARE is the Italian leading national marine research project for the period 2012-2016; the overall project budget amounts to 250 million euros, co-funded by public and private resources.

RITMARE involves an integrated effort of most of the scientific community working on marine and maritime issues, as well as some major industrial groups, and is divided into seven sub-projects:

• Maritime Technologies for the development and construction of a Demonstration Vessel

• Technologies for Sustainable Fishing

• Planning of the Maritime Space in Coastal Waters

• Planning of the Deep Marine Environment and the Open Sea

• Observation System for the Marine Mediterranean Environment

• Research, Training and Dissemination Structures

• Interoperable Infrastructure for the Observation Network and Marine Data


Further details of RITMARE are available on the web site


Technical data of the seamark


No. 2 E.F.3464 - E2142.5

Structure: Elastic seamark

H s.w.l.: 6 m

Light visible from 7 nautical miles

Location: Port of Taranto (Italy). The seamark is used for the ship approach to the Quay 4 – Pier 4 – East side.

Coordinats: 40°27.6'N-17°12.9' E

Color: green



Technical data of the automatic monitoring of the Mar Grande –Taranto (Italy)


Base system integrated on the seamark:

Solar panels, rechargeable batteries


Remote control system:

LISC MASTER - Logical Intelligent System Control with firmware “Event detector”, non-volatile internal memory of 1 GB, interfacing with meteorologic sensors.

Optional sensor for the LISC MASTER: compass, pitch and roll.


Communication system:



Control system:

Webcam for the sea state visualization.


Meteo Station:

MetPakPro Weather Station - Key features:

- wind speed and direction (sonin anemometer Windsonic)

- air temperatur and humidity

- barometric pressure

- net solar radiation


Water quality:

CTD SeaBird SBE-37SIP-ODO with sensors of conductivity, temperature, pressure and dissolved oxigen. Expendable anti-foulant devices, unique flow path, and pumping regimen for maximum bio-fouling protection.


Combined Fluorometers, Turbidity Meters:

WET Labs ECO FLNTU. WT Labs offers the Environmental Characterization Optics (ECO) series of meters that incorporate a common set of options with a single basic design to make them ideal for a wide variety of deployments.


• Combines the unparalleled sensitivity of the ECO fluorometer with an optical scattering measurement at 700 nm for simultaneous determination of turbidity.

• Ranges for output tailored to the environment

• Allows for assessment of fluorescence and turbidity variability and interactions.

• Digital and analog output for easy integration into analog CTD packages or serial data streams.

• Provides excellent precision, reliability and overall performance at a fraction of the cost and size of similar instruments.


C3 Submersible Fluorometer:

The C3 Submersible Fluorometer can be configured with one, two or three optical sensors ranging from the deep ultraviolet to the infrared spectrum. Internal memory storage capacity combined with an external submersible lithium ion battery allows the C3 to run during extended or short-term deployments.

The C3 Submersible Fluorometer has been configured with optical sensors for CDOM, Crude Oil and Refined Fuels.


Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler for  sea velocity and direction at 128 levels:

TRDI 600 kHz (Monitor configuration). The Monitor is Teledyne RD Instruments’ most popular direct-reading Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). The unit is typically bottom frame-mounted and hard-wired to shore to provide real-time monitoring of coastal currents. The Monitor’s high data accuracy and reliability make it a favorite for deployments in highvolume traffic areas such as ports and harbors, where the data is often integrated into a Vessel Traffic Monitoring System. In fact, the Monitor has been selected for most major port programs undertaken in the United States.


Workhorse Waves Array (Firmware and software for wave measurements):

Directional Wave Measurement Option For Workhorse Adcps for highly accurate multi-directional wave measurements.



For further details, please, contact prof. Michele Mossa, Technical University of Bari,

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