Buoy | Flanders Marine Institute
 

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

Buoy

A measuring buoy is an anchored floating device on which measuring instruments are installed. VLIZ has installed a buoy at the artificial reefs in the C-power wind farm, on the Belgian part of the North Sea. A CTD is mounted on the buoy in order to obtain continuous measurements of the temperature and salinity of the seawater to which sensors are added measuring the turbidity, current intensity, amount of dissolved oxygen, pH and the productivity of the seawater. In addition, a fish acoustic receiver network is installed to study and map the behavior and migration patterns of fish around the artificial reefs. A C-POD, used for toothed whale detection, is also attached to it. The presence of a permanent fixed measuring station in the sea provides an added value to marine research.

Technical details

The buoy of VLIZ installed on the North Sea has the following sensors:

  • CTD sensor measuring the temperature and salinity of the seawater
  • Sensors to determine the turbidity, current intensity, amount of dissolved oxygen, pH and the productivity of the seawater.
  • Fish acoustic receiver network

  Photos

How to use buoy data?

The buoy cannot be borrowed but the data is freely available for all scientists. Contact 

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the buoy of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.