Instalan en Chile la primera buoya marina inteligente con tecnologia española

This content was published on October 14, 2022 – 3:44 p.m

Barcelona, ​​Oct 14 (EFE).- An intelligent marine buoy equipped with vanguard technology developed by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and prepared to divert boats in the presence of whales to avoid collisions has been installed in the Gulf de Corcovado, en Chiloé (Chile).

Según ha informado la UPC en un comunicado, la initiative se enmarca en el project “The Blue BOAT Initiative”, desarrollado por el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente de Chile, la Fundación Meri y la UPC, y la buoya ya ha ha comenzado transmitari señales.

The director of the Laboratorio de Aplicaciones Bioacústicas (LAB) of the UPC, Michel André, has explained that “the installation of this primer buoy is a step forward for society at the time of resolving the human-natural conflict and demonstrates our technological capacity to combine economic interests with the conservation of natural habitats”.

“From the UPC, we are proud to contribute to the success of this initiative driven by the Fundación Meri and the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Chile, whose projection and international impact throughout the American continent will allow us to deepen our knowledge de los retos a los que se enfrente el océano Pacífico actualmente”, added André.

The Minister of the Environment of Chile, Maisa Rojas, has assured: “This system of early warning will help us to avoid collisions between cetaceans and boats that sail through this area, where, according to estimates, it is present at least 10% de las ballenas azules de todo el mundo, y nuestro compromiso con la biodiversity y con el planeta es darle la major protection que podamos”.

For her part, the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Silvia Díaz, has pointed out: “We understand science and technology as the key tools to achieve efficient and innovative solutions to the great tasks that our era imposes on us; and estas grandes tareas es advanced hacia un nuevo modelo de desarrollo, en el marco de una transition socioecológica justa”.

According to the UPC, each blue whale captures an average of 33 tons of carbon throughout its life, and “servicio ecosistemico marino” that reduces the presence in the atmosphere of one of the main gases causing climate change.

Sin embargo, estas especies viven en constante amenaza por la actividad humana, en particular el tráfico marítimo.

“The Blue BOAT Initiative” has the objective of installing and connecting in South America the first early warning system for the presence of whales with intelligent buoys capable of alerting in real time to boats of the presence of these cetaceans.

The main purpose of the project is to monitor human activity in the oceans to avoid possible collisions and other negative impacts of maritime traffic, to conduct oceanographic studies to evaluate the health of the oceans and evaluate marine ecosystem services associated with whales in the context of change climate.

The intelligent buoys with UPC technology include an artificial intelligence system that allows not only to monitor the presence of whales, but also to listen to the sounds of the oceans.

It is about intelligent buoys equipped with hydrophones, oceanographic sensors and transmitters with Listen To The Deep Ocean (LIDO) technology, developed by the team led by Michel André, cientifico experto en bioacústica, founder and president of The Sense of Silence Foundation (TSOF ) y fundador de la empresa Sonsetc Making Sense of Sounds.

The signals emitted by the intelligent buoy in the Gulf of Corcovado are received online by the Chilean Navy, which will be the institution in charge of alerting boats to the presence of whales so that, if necessary, they divert the route or decrease the speed

The buoy also has sensors for temperature, pH, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll (through a fluorimeter) and dissolved oxygen to register variations in the ocean, and whose data will serve to elaborate oceanographic studies with impact indicators del cambio climático en la biodiversity marine. EFE

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