Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN)

Research Infrastructure (RI) labeled by the ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure) Spanish National Roadmap.

PLOCAN is a multipurpose technical-scientific service infrastructure that provides support for research, technological development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors, available to public and private users. PLOCAN offers both onshore and offshore experimental facilities and laboratories, operational throughout the whole year thanks to the Canary Islands excellent climatic conditions. PLOCAN also brings a broad experience in large national and EU marine/maritime projects.

As part of its activities, PLOCAN manages a variety of Observation Platforms in order to provide a continuous and real-time in-situ monitoring of the ocean. These platforms can be both fixed or mobile, providing information about the ocean surface and/or the water column. Different sensors are placed in PLOCAN Observation Platforms allowing access to physical, biochemical and climatological data.