The ‘mimics’ are finally completed: 70 reefs (Fig. 1 A) have been prepared and positioned on pec-bases and fixed with zip-tide (Fig. 1B).
Figure 1. All ‘mimics’ (A) and details of ‘mimics’ and bases (B).
The ‘mimics’ will be deployed in the site (Fig. 2) in a couple of weeks time. Each reef will be fixed within the natural reef by using an epoxy resin.
Figure 2. Gulf of La Spezia (A) and S. Teresa Bay (B). Deployment site: red dot.
Thank to a collaboration with CNR-ISMAR (Trieste and Bologna), the complete carbonate system will be monitored in the experimental site over 1 year, including also temperature, salinity, pH, light intensity (in continuum monitoring), turbidity, fluorescence and oxygen (twice a month). ENEA meteorological station and Li-cor (pCO2 air-monitoring) will also provide air data on the site.
Scuola di Mare S. Teresa (www.scuoladimaresantateresa) and Coop. di Mitilicoltori spezzini (www.mitilicoltori.it) will host the experiment, the underwater monitoring station acquiring chemical-physical parameters, and they will contribute in sharing information about the project to citizens and schools.