General description

SOCIB is offering access to its glider fleet based in the Balearic Islands. This is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to use high-quality autonomous underwater vehicles operating in coastal, shelf and open sea areas for carrying out research, monitoring and/or testing activities.

The SOCIB Glider Facility offers External Users Access to ocean gliders for research and technology development, in complement to its routine and strategic programme of glider endurance lines in the Mediterranean sea. For process-oriented studies (e.g. complementing a R/V cruise), a minimum of 7 days usage is required. Longer monitoring proposals of typically 30 days or more are encouraged.

More details are provided in the guideline document for glider competitive access.

External Users Access

 

SOCIB Competitive Access

SOCIB organizes two calls per year for Glider Competitive Access. The Call programme for 2022 is as follow:

Timetable 2022

First call

Second call

Call OPEN

15-Jan-2022

15-Jul-2022

Call CLOSED

15-May-2022

15-Nov-2022

Decision announcement

15-Jun-2022

15-Dec-2022

Valid access period

From 01-Jul-2022 to 30-Jun-2023

From 01-Jan-2023 to 31-Dec-2023

 

The proposals will contain a description of the work that users wish to carry out. They have to be drawn up following the Application Template.

The proposals have to be sent to the SOCIB Glider Competitive Access office, using the email address: glider.access@socib.es, during the publication of the call and before its deadline.

The proposals will be evaluated by the SOCIB Glider Facility and the external committee during the month after the call closure.

JERICO-S3 Transnational Access

In the frame of the JERICO-S3 EU project (2020-2024), the Transnational Access activity aims to provide coordinated ‘free of charge’ transnational access to researchers or research teams from academia and industry to SOCIB Glider Infrastructure among others. Detailed information about calls and applications is available at www.jerico-ri.eu/ta.

SOCIB Glider fleet

The present SOCIB glider fleet consists of 5 Slocum gliders and 2 iRobot Seagliders, equipped with a suite of sensors able to collect both physical (temperature and conductivity) and biogeochemical observations (chlorophyll fluorescence, oxygen, CDOM, PAR, backscatter at 700 nm and turbidity) at high spatial resolutions (~ 2 km). SOCIB has accomplished more than 130 missions, including 3.600 days in water, 40.000 nm navigated, and 137.000 vertical profiles collected.

Glider

Name

Depth range

Sensors

Autonomy

(maximum*)

Purchase year

Slocum

G2

sdeep01

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FNLTU

60-90 days

2011

sdeep04

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FNLTU

60-90 days

2014

Slocum G3

sdeep06

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FL3

60-90 days

2019

sdeep08

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FL3

60-90 days

2019

sdeep09

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FL3

60-90 days

2019

Seaglider

sdeep02

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FNLTU

60-90 days

2012

sdeep03

0-1000m

CTD, oxygen, FNLTU

60-90 days

2012

* The maximum depends on the sampling strategy

Summary of the projects

The table summarizes the projects submitted to the SOCIB and JERICO-S3 calls in 2022, 2021 and 2020 (last update September 2022):

Call

Projet

Institution (PI)

Application

Evaluation

Status

Nb of missions

Nb of days

JERICO-S3

call 2022

FRIPP-CEE

CNR

(A. Olita)

Application

Approved

In progress

(2022)

1

20

JERICO-S3

call 2022

ABACUS

Univ. of Naples

(Y. Cotroneo)

Application

Approved

In progress

(2022, 2023)

3

60

SOCIB

call2 2021

CALYPSO

IMEDEA

(S. Ruiz)

Application

Approved

Done

(2022)

1

14

SOCIB

call2 2021

SMART

ISMAR+CNR

(J. Chiggiato)

Application

Approved

In progress

(2022)

1

(2 into 1)

80

SOCIB

call1 2020

SMART

ISMAR+CNR

(J. Chiggiato)

Application

Approved

Partially done* 

(2020)

1

78

SOCIB

call1 2020

MORFONCT

Univ. of Liège

(M. Bolgan)

Application

Approved

Done 

(2020)

1

57 (6)

JERICO-S3

call 2020

FRONTIERS

UCL

(E. Anderlini)

Application

Approved

Done

(2021)

1

17

JERICO-S3

call 2020

FRIPP-spring

CNR

(A. Olita)

Application

Approved

Done

(2021)

1

15

JERICO-S3

call 2020

ABACUS

Univ. of Naples

(Y. Cotroneo)

Application

Approved

In progress

(2021, 2022)

3

60

JERICO-S3

call 2020

SMART

ISMAR+CNR

(J. Chiggiato)

Application

Rejected

-

-

-

* Second mission canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions