MELBA MEditerranean Lagrangian Buoy Appliance

F. Cavallini, D. Maffei, R. Dell'Erba

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The MEditerranean Lagrangian Buoy Appliance project (MELBA) is a project oriented towards the realisation of an instrument (buoy) for the specific conformation of the Mediterranean area, which presents restricted spatial dimensions in many cases associated to a high variability of the sea-depth. The dynamic of the body-of-water flux, in the Mediterranean area, is affected by the deep-sea and coastal line high variability. The MELBA project purpose is the realisation of a profiling drifter, dedicated to the Mediterranean environment. The control system is improving taking into account the above considerations, for long and medium term missions, but also for very short, repetitive, coastal missions that are dedicated to short time and space scale biological, ecological or anti-pollution studies. The carrier is formed by a pressure hull containing the instrumentation, by the engine for the vertical moving, by the electronic control system for the mission handling and for the emergency system. The carrier is the base system for all mission typology. The only variation is to change the sensors and the relative data acquisition system for the specific mission. The provided communication system is a double way satellite channel. A Global Position System (GPS) will support this system. The GPS use is essential to the data geo-reference and to have the exact buoy position for all emersion and transmission of data. One of the most important features of MELBA buoy can be outlined in the control system. The control system is responsible for the realisation of the programmed mission.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventOceans 2001 MTS/IEEE - An Ocean Odyssey - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2001 → …


ConferenceOceans 2001 MTS/IEEE - An Ocean Odyssey
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/01 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography

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Cavallini, F., Maffei, D., & Dell'Erba, R. (2001). MELBA MEditerranean Lagrangian Buoy Appliance. Paper presented at Oceans 2001 MTS/IEEE - An Ocean Odyssey, United States.