TNA Facilities

TNA Calibration Laboratories

IFREMER

Ifremer Metrology Laboratory (METLAB)

Participant: IFREMER

Infrastructure: Ifremer Metrology Laboratory (METLAB)

Location: Plouzané, France.

wwz.ifremer.fr

Description: Laboratory in charge of calibrating the oceanographic sensors used by Ifremer scientists and calibrations for external customers. The laboratory is equipped with high-quality reference devices.

Services currently offered: The metrology laboratory provides: sensor calibrations for Ifremer scientists, external customers and oceanographers from other institutes, metrology training and audits and guidance for Ifremer laboratories or external collaborators and customers.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA1, MoA2 and MoA3.

Unit of Access: week.

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-UC

Support offered under this proposal: Visiting researchers will be given access to the laboratory facilities and experimental areas for doing calibration in temperature, pressure, conductivity, salinity, celerity, dissolved oxygen, pH/pHT, turbidity and fluorescence. An engineer and a technician will be fully dedicated to the service for TNA. The services offered are supported by full documentation and traceability information and will be undertaken under the scope of our COFRAC accreditation scheme to the greatest possible extent (scope available on www.cofrac.fr).

NOC

National Marine Facilities Calibration Laboratory (NMFCL)

Participant: NOC

Infrastructure: National Marine Facilities Calibration Laboratory (NMFCL)

Location: Southampton, UK.

www.noc.ac.uk

Description: The NMF Calibration Laboratory offers Full CTD calibration, including adjustments when possible, and seawater analysis with primary test equipment traceable to UK national standards.

Services currently offered: Temperature calibration, pressure/depth calibration, conductivity/salinity calibration, sample/seawater analysis.

Modality of access under this proposal: The NMFCL provides a calibration service to NOC technical/scientific personnel to perform reliable and traceable measurements of the seawater variables. This calibration service is also offered to external customers.

Unit of Access: week

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: To maintain conformity, repeatability and traceability, all calibrations are performed by the NMFCL technicians in accordance with NMFCL calibration procedures. The laboratory is kept at an ambient temperature of 20 ± 3 °C and a humidity of 50 ± 25%rh, with constant monitoring of the ambient pressure for correct absolute pressure measurements.

NOC FTIR Imaging Facility (NOC-Plastics)

Participant: NOC

Infrastructure: NOC FTIR Imaging Facility (NOC-Plastics)

Location: Southampton, UK.

www.noc.ac.uk

Description: NOC FTIR Imaging Facility offers the advanced FTIR (MIR) Microscope Imaging Suite to detect, identify and visualize/characterize plastic and other organic, polymeric and in some cases inorganic materials/compounds in various complex environmental samples types based on FT-IR spectral data. FTIR Imaging System; Spotlight 400 Mid-IR imaging microscope for high quality spectral (Mid-IR) production and images from sample areas at pixel resolutions of 6.25, 25 or 50 microns. Dual mode single point and mercury cadmium telluride linear array detectors.

Services currently offered: Detection, identification and characterization of chemical (polymer types) and morphological characteristics of plastic contaminants (particle size >1.65 microns) extracted from environmental samples or plastic debris collected individually.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA1/MoA2/MoA3
The NOC FTIR Imaging Facility provides reliable, high-quality assessment of (micro)plastic pollution for internal (NOC-involved) research projects. This analytical service is also offered to external customers.

Unit of Access: week

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: To maintain conformity, repeatability and traceability, the analysis and data interpretation are performed by the FTIR Imaging Facility technician in accordance with the established analytical and data post-processing practices. The service includes sample preparation when required (e.g., FTIR imaging of micro-size range).

CNR

ISMAR Calibration Laboratory - ISC-Lab

Participant: CNR

Infrastructure: ISMAR Calibration Laboratory – ISC-Lab

Location (town, country) of the infrastructure: Pozzuolo di Lerici, Lerici (SP), Italy.

www.ismar.cnr.it

Description of the infrastructure: The ISMAR Calibration Laboratory – ISC-Lab provides support to technical and scientific personnel carrying out research at sea, specifically performing measurements of chemical-physical seawater variables. The laboratory was set up with the aim of constantly guaranteeing high quality levels in collected data, in line with international standards of excellence recognized in the field of physical oceanography. The ISC-Lab is intended to be a resource for all Italian research institutes to calibrate advanced oceanographic instrumentation, such as CTD probes (conductivity, temperature and pressure sensors) and dissolved oxygen sensors in seawater. The ISC-Lab is located in an area with controlled temperature and humidity, and it is equipped with the following instruments: Guildline Precision Temperature Fluid Bath 300L – model 5600-300L with PRT sensors, Guildline Portasal salinometer, Guildline Autoasal salinometer, Metrohm Titrando high-end titrator for potentiometric titrations, precision digital thermometer, IAPSO reference standard water, standard primary CTD probe SBE 3, standard secondary CTD probe SBE4, SBE 31 Multichannel Counter.

Services currently offered: The services offered by CNR-ISMAR are related to the calibration of oceanographic thermometers, CTD temperature and conductivity sensors. The services offered are supported by full documentation and traceability information but will not be accompanied by certification of any kind due to a lack of formal accreditation for this purpose.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA 1, MoA 2, and MoA 3.

Unit of Access: week (5 working days)

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-AC

Support offered under this proposal: An expert team consisting in CNR-ISMAR technicians and scientists supports accurate calibrations of instrumentation and sensors for the seawater variables temperature, conductivity and salinity.

SHOM

DMCO Magnetics - Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry

Participant: SHOM

Infrastructure: Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry (DMCO)

Location: Brest, France.

www.shom.frdiffusion.shom.fr

Description: DMCO is equipped with a platform to calibrate magnetic compass and tilt sensors of current-meters and profilers mounted in fully equipped mooring cages. The effect of the cage’s equipment on magnetic compass measurements can be corrected. The platform is in a controlled magnetic environment. To determine the trueness of velocity measurements, the laboratory can calibrate the transducers of profilers by using a reference transducer put down successively on the transducers of the device being tested. Linked to a frequency generator, the transducer allows the echoes received by the profiler to be simulated.

Services currently offered: compass, tilt sensors calibration of current-meter and current profilers mounted or not in their mooring cages or LAD cages. Calibration of current-meters and current profilers transducers.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA.1, MoA.2 or MoA.3.

Unit of Access: day

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: Visiting researchers will be given access to the laboratory facilities and the compass calibration platform, if needed, for their projects. They will be guided by an engineer, and a technician will be dedicated to the TNA service. The services offered are supported by written procedures and the metrological traceability of reference instruments, in accordance with Shom’s ISO 9001-2015 certification.

DMCO Temp - Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry

Participant: SHOM

Infrastructure: Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry (DMCO)

Location: Brest, France.

www.shom.frdiffusion.shom.fr

Description: DMCO is equipped with an 800-litre calibration bath filled with seawater which can be stabilized to better than 1 mK in temperature to calibrate oceanographic instruments to the WOCE standards requirements. It is also equipped with automated mass handling PG7302 piston gauges. This dead weight tester can be remotely programmed to generate stable pressure plateaus with an uncertainty of 0.04 bar at 600 bar.

Services currently offered: temperature-conductivity calibration, pressure calibration, salinity analysis.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA.1, MoA.2 or MoA.3.

Unit of Access: day

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: Visiting researchers will be given access to the laboratory facilities, if needed, for the projects. They will be guided by an engineer, and a technician will be dedicated to the TNA service. The services offered are supported by written procedures and a metrological traceability of reference instruments, in accordance with Shom’s ISO 9001-2015 certification.

DMCO HPLC - Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry

Participant: SHOM

Infrastructure: Department of Metrology and Oceanographic Chemistry (DMCO)

Location: Brest, France.

www.shom.frdiffusion.shom.fr

Description: DMCO can conduct phytoplankton pigments tests with an HPLC device using the Van Heukelem method.

Services currently offered: phytoplankton pigments analysis.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA.1

Unit of Access: 1 test

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: The services offered are supported by written procedures and a metrological traceability of reference instruments, in accordance with Shom’s ISO 9001-2015 certification.

HCMR

Poseidon Calibration Lab (PCL)

Participant: HCMR

Infrastructure: Poseidon Calibration Lab (PCL)

Location: Heraklion, Crete (Greece).

poseidon.hcmr.gr

Description: The HCMR calibration laboratory has been developed to support the POSEIDON forecasting and monitoring system. It conducts lab tests and calibrates sensors for a range of oceanographic parameters focusing on the unique environmental conditions of the Eastern Med Sea. The calibration facilities at the HCMR Thalassocosmos complex in Crete include a fully-equipped laboratory with a custom-made large calibration tank, a number of reference sensors and equipment and all the necessary apparatuses to calibrate temperature, salinity, chlorophyll-a, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and carbonate parameters sensors. Apart from the laboratory calibration experiments, access to the Heraklion Coastal Buoy (HCB) 35.4265°N – 25.0725°E is offered to validate the sensors. The support team consists in the HCMR technicians and scientists, who prepare the instrumentation, perform field experiments, service and maintain the instruments and assist users during experiments in the calibration facility. Through transnational access activities and participation in research projects, the Poseidon Calibration Lab (PCL) has proven to be a powerful tool for the calibration of sensors deployed in the broader Mediterranean Sea.

Services currently offered: Support of activities for a wide range of sensors (T, S, O2, Chl-a, Turbidity, pH), providing laboratory calibration services and field validation/calibration experiments.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA1/MoA2/MoA3

Unit of Access: week

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: The support team consists in the HCMR technicians and scientists, who prepare the instrumentation, perform field experiments, service and maintain the instruments and assist users during experiments in the calibration facility.

NIVA

NorSOOP/NRS - NIVA Research Station (NRS) FerryBox and calibration laboratory

Participant: NIVA

Infrastructure: NorSOOP/NRS – NIVA Research Station (NRS) FerryBox and calibration laboratory

Location (town, country) of the infrastructure: Oslofjord (59.62 N, 10.65 E).

www.niva.no/norsoop

Description of the infrastructure: The NorSOOP infrastructure covers a network of five FerryBox systems and calibration facilities in the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian Sea and Arctic areas. The NRS calibration facility includes flexible lab space with several 1 m3 tanks, temperature control and a FerryBox system that includes a core sensor package with thermosalinograph, inlet temperature sensor, oxygen, chl-a fluorescence and turbidity, with additional sensors for PAH, phycocyanin, cDOM, pCO2, pH and microplastics. Water sample collection is also possible.

Services currently offered: All installations are available for researchers to conduct research on eutrophication, biodiversity, chemistry and biogeochemistry, all of which are currently funded by national monitoring and research funding agencies. Over the past year, NorSOOP has supported research activities of between 3-6 international facility users per year.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA 1, MoA 2 and/or MoA 3

Support offered under this proposal: Dedicated NIVA personnel are available in Oslo and at NRS to assist with the TNA activities. A typical access can last for ~1 week. Summer cabins are nearby (5-minute walk) as well as hotels in the nearby town of Drøbak (15-minute drive). Dry laboratories, meeting space, experimental tanks and seawater source are available. Access to the NRS is subject to specific security rules and requires the presence of NIVA staff. UA: week. Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-CB, unit cost shared with a permanent user. The visiting researcher will be in direct contact with NIVA researchers and with technical support staff. Preparations of tests and sensors are possible in advance at NIVA premises in Oslo. NIVA chemical and biological laboratories are also available for calibration purposes.

OGS

Centro di Taratura e Metrologia Oceanografica

Participant: OGS.

Infrastructure: Centro di Taratura e Metrologia Oceanografica (CTMO).

Location: Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS, Sgonico (Trieste), Italy.

nettuno.ogs.trieste.it

Description: The Centro di Taratura e Metrologia Oceanografica (CTMO) is the marine metrology and calibration facility of the Oceanography Section of the OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale). It provides the Section with the scientific and technical infrastructure needed to make and guarantee high-quality observations of the marine environment in a way that continuously meets recognized international standards of excellence. A critical element of the services offered is the ability to calibrate and maintain seagoing instrumentation efficiently. The facility is run by applying relevant international guidelines and protocols as much as practically possible in order to assure conformity or at least compatibility with the regulatory standards governing this kind of activity worldwide. The CTMO is staffed by a small team of experienced personnel, who also oversee the facility’s ongoing scientific and technological development.

Services currently offered: Thermally-regulated and humidity-controlled, the Centro di Taratura e Metrologia Oceanografica is currently equipped with primary physical standards, secondary transfer standards and support equipment for performing high-quality calibrations of devices or sensors measuring temperature and conductivity (salinity) that are able to meet the demanding oceanographic measurement specifications for these parameters. It is also equipped with a number of instruments for making different kinds of standard electrical measurements and functional tests, evaluations and validations of sensors used to measure some other commonly monitored marine environmental parameters.

Modality of access under this proposal: The CTMO is offering its capabilities for high-end seawater temperature, conductivity and salinity measurements with primary test equipment and reference material for Cal-Val and/or other kinds of experimental activities on a per-day basis.

Unit of Access: day (7.12 person-hours).

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-UC.

Support offered under this proposal: Trained and expert technical staff and supporting infrastructure, including primary reference instrumentation and reference material, for accurate and traceable calibrations for the following seawater variables: temperature, conductivity and salinity. The laboratory is maintained at a stable ambient temperature (± 1 °C) and humidity level (± 10% rh), with constant monitoring of the atmospheric pressure.

TNA Marine Observatories

UPC

Expandable Seafloor Observatory (OBSEA)

Participant: UPC

Infrastructure: Expandable Seafloor Observatory (OBSEA)

Location: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain.

www.obsea.es

Description: OBSEA is an underwater cabled observatory connected to the coast of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Spain) with 4 km of cable at a depth of 20 m in a protected fishing area. Services currently offered: power, communications and synchronization to instruments or systems to be deployed in the area; quality-controlled data of permanent instruments like: CTD, hydrophone, seismometer, video camera, AWAC, weather station.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA1/MoA2/MoA3

Unit of Access: day

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: Technical support for instrument validation and deployment planning, interfacing with observatory and access to RT instrument data after deployment. Training personnel on tasks related to instrument preparation and validation prior to deployment. Quality control of data.

Logistics: ship and scuba divers for instrument deployment.

CNR

Western 1 Mediterranean Moored Multi-sensor Array (W1M3A)

Participant: CNR

Infrastructure: Western 1 Mediterranean Moored Multi-sensor Array (W1M3A)

Location: North-Western Mediterranean Sea – Ligurian Sea – Gulf of Genoa

www.w1m3a.cnr.it

Description: The W1M3A observatory operates in the Ligurian basin, at the centre of the Gulf of Genoa, 80 km from the coast on a seabed 1200 m deep. It is a combination of a large spar buoy and a sub-surface mooring that can be deployed nearby.

Services currently offered: The observatory allows the conditions and the state of the sea in the Ligurian basin to be monitored by continuously taking meteorological, physical, biogeochemical and wave measurements. Near-surface atmospheric (meteorological) parameters are monitored by a suite of sensors (some duplicated): barometer, sonic anemometer, thermo-hygrometer, precision spectral pyranometer, precision infrared radiometer, precision photosynthetically active radiation, acoustic rain gauge, carbon dioxide and water vapour. In the upper ocean (0-40 m depth), temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, turbidity, carbon dioxide, pH and underwater ambient noise are measured at several depths. Likewise, ocean waves statistics (significant wave height, mean wave direction, mean wave period) are collected using upward-looking acoustic altimeters. In the dark region, CT measurements are collected by sensors installed on the sub-surface mooring deployed close to the surface buoy. Sensors on the mooring line operate autonomously, and their measurements are periodically available after recovery and the maintenance operations.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA.1 or MoA.2

Unit of Access: day

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-UC

Support offered under this proposal: The W1M3A observatory is available to external users for trans-national access for specific experiments, tests of sensors and in-situ validation. The services offered include the hosting and integration of additional instrumentation for atmospheric and air-sea interface into the existing acquisition and control system, making the new measurements available in near real time. The setup and deployment of even high-cost, relatively large and power-hungry is possible. The availability of a relatively cheap and stable satellite data connection offers the chance to collect data and/or to monitor the instrument in near real-time.

HCMR

Heraklion Coastal Buoy (HCB)

Participant: HCMR

Infrastructure: Heraklion Coastal Buoy (HCB)

Location: Heraklion Gulf, Crete (Greece) 35.4265°N – 25.0725°E

poseidon.hcmr.gr

Description: The Heraklion Coastal Buoy (HCB) is located 7 nautical miles NW of Heraklion city. It is equipped with meteo, T, C/S, wave, pH and pCO2 sensors at surface. The location is of particular interest as the coastal expression of the very oligotrophic Cretan Sea ecosystem, modulated by the moderate to small riverine inputs and the rural activities in Northern Crete. The HCB is used as a validation site for the sensors calibrated by the PCL.

Services currently offered: Support of activities for a wide range of sensors (T, S, O2, Chl-a, Turbidity, pH) providing field validation/calibration experiments.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA1/MoA2/MoA3

Unit of Access: month

Modality used to declare access costs: TNA- UC

Support offered under this proposal: The support team consists in the HCMR technicians and scientists, who prepare the instrumentation, perform field experiments, service and maintain the instruments and assist users during experiments in the calibration facility.

TNA Ferry Box

NIVA

NorSOOP/NorFerry - M/S Color Fantasy, M/S Trollfjord, M/S Norrona FerryBoxes

Participant: NIVA

Infrastructure: NorSOOP/NorFerry – M/S Color Fantasy, M/S Trollfjord, M/S Norrona FerryBoxes

Location (town, country) of the infrastructure: M/S Color Fantasy: South Baltic Sea and North Sea (54.33 N,10.15 E to 59.91 N, 10.71 E), M/S Trollfjord: Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea (60.39 N, 5.32 E to 69.74 N, 30.05 E), M/S Norrona: North Sea, Norwegian Sea, North Atlantic (57.60 N, 9.96 E to 62.01 N, 6.77 W to 65.27 N, 14.01 W).

www.niva.no/norsoop

Description of the infrastructure: The NorSOOP infrastructure covers a network of five FerryBox systems and calibration facilities in the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian Sea and Arctic areas. The NorFerry installation offered as TNA consists in passenger vessels with FerryBox systems that include a core sensor package with thermosalinograph, inlet temperature sensor, oxygen, chl-a fluorescence, turbidity and system for water sampling, with additional sensors for PAH, pycocyanin, cDOM, pCO2, pH and microplastics sampling units on some installations. Both M/S Color Fantasy and Trollfjord have radiometers for marine reflectance of the sea surface. The infrastructure is used for physical oceanography, pelagic biodiversity, chemical (contaminants) and biogeochemical (marine acidification) studies.

Services currently offered: NorFerry is available for researchers to conduct sensor testing and calibration related to eutrophication, biodiversity, chemistry and biogeochemistry, all of which are currently funded by national monitoring and research funding agencies. Over the past year, NorSOOP has supported the research activities of between 3-6 international facility users per year.

Modality of access under this proposal: MoA 1, MoA 2, and/or MoA 3

Support offered under this proposal: Dedicated NIVA personnel are available in Oslo and Bergen to assist with the installations. A typical access can last from a few days on the short 2-day trip between Oslo and Kiel (M/S Color Fantasy) or ~1 week for M/S Trollfjord and M/S Norrona. Cabins and small onboard laboratories are available on board ships. Access to the machine area and the FerryBox installation is subject to specific security rules and requires the presence of NIVA staff. UA: day. Modality used to declare access costs: TNA-CB, unit cost shared with a permanent user. The visiting researcher will be in direct contact with NIVA researchers and with technical support staff. Preparations of tests and sensors are possible in advance at NIVA premises or onboard ships as workshops can be made available. NIVA chemical and biological laboratories are also available for calibration purposes.

Remote TNA Sensors

IAAC - FABLAB BCN

Smart Citizen Hardware (SCH-IAAC)

Participant: IAAC-Fab Lab Barcelona

Name: Smart Citizen Hardware (SCH-IAAC)

Infrastructure: Smart Citizen Sensors by Fab Lab Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain.

smartcitizen.me/kits/api.smartcitizen.me

Description: The hardware infrastructure offered is based on the modular sensor architecture offered by the Smart Citizen project: a complete set of modular hardware components aimed at providing tools for environmental monitoring, ranging from citizen science and educational activities to more advanced scientific research. The system is designed in an extendable way, with a central data logger with network connectivity to which the different components are connected.

The system is based on the principle of reproducibility and is meant to serve as a base solution for more complex settings, which can encompass water quality, soil or air monitoring. For that purpose, the system also provides off-the-shelf support for a wide variety of third-party sensors using the expansion bus as a common port.

Services Currently offered: Based on the modular hardware infrastructure of the Smart Citizen project, the sensory packs offered in MINKE will be the following:

  • Basic Environmental Sensor Pack: T, H, P, PM, Noise, Light.
  • Basic Environmental Sensor Pack + Water Temperature Probe.
  • Advanced Water Sensor pack: submersible pH, DO, conductivity and temperature.
  • Advanced Water Sensor pack: submersible pH, DO, conductivity and temperature with geolocation.

All sensor packs provide:

  • Necessary sensing hardware based on the Smart Citizen Kit 2.1 for environmental coastal monitoring. Hardware validated and calibrated in laboratory conditions.
  • Permanent access to the data ingestion, storage and exploration platform.
  • MOOC/Documentation for training on deployment, operations and maintenance.
  • MOOC/Documentation on data analysis and reporting.
  • Remote support by forum experts.
  • Remote support by experts for the duration of deployment and 10 hours of on-site support at Fablab BCN/IAAC.

MoA under this proposal: MoA.

Unit of Access: Pack

Access costs modality: TNA-AC

Support offered under this proposal: Physical support, in which a set of low-cost sensors will be made available to users aiming to conduct experiments, as well as providing customization in certain areas that relate to enclosure, connectivity or sensor characteristics and typologies.