The NRP D. Carlos I is sailing south of the Algarve coast, until May 4, to collect data and samples of water, within the scope of the Project AQUIMAR – Marine Knowledge Supporting Aquaculture.
The vessel aims to conduct CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Pressure) profiles along the water column, collecting water samples and measuring the currents.
These data will be further analyzed considering the biological, physical-chemical and microplastic parameters.
In the period from April 17 to May 4, the ship is expected to make about 400 stations between the bathymetry between 30 and 200 meters deep.
This mission is the second of the project, in continuity of the mission accomplished in 2018 by the ships NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho and NRP Auriga.
For this mission, on board the NRP D. Carlos I, in addition to the garrison of 38 military personnel, 15 members of the technical teams of the Hydrographic Institute, Oceanography and Chemistry.
The AQUIMAR project aims to characterize the oceanographic, physico-chemical, geochemical and biological conditions for optimizing the selection of sites for the implementation of aquaculture units in the Maritime Spatial Planning Plan.