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Automatic Monitoring of the Sea - Mar Piccolo - Taranto (Italy)


In the activities of the RITMARE flagship project (Ricerca Italiana per   il Mare, Italian Research for the Sea), prof. Michele Mossa’s research  group of the Civil,  Environmental, Building Engineering and Chemistry  Department (DICATECh)  of the Technical University of Bari - Italy (research unit of the  Co.N.I.S.Ma. - Technical University of Bari), in cooperation with  the research unit of Co.N.I.S.Ma. - University of Bari, has  installed a system in the Canale Navigabile of the Mar Piccolo of Taranto  (Italy) for the  monitoring of sea currents and waves.


Technical data of the automatic monitoring of the Mar Piccolo –Taranto (Italy)

Remote control system

LISC MASTER - Logical Intelligent System Control with firmware “Event detector”, non-volatile internal memory of 1 GB, interfacing with meteorologic sensors.

Optional sensor for the LISC MASTER: compass, pitch and roll.

Communictaion system


Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler for sea velocity and direction at 128 levels

TRDI 600 kHz (Monitor configuration). The Monitor is Teledyne RD Instruments’ most popular direct-reading Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). The unit is typically bottom frame-mounted and hard-wired to shore to provide real-time monitoring of coastal currents. The Monitor’s high data accuracy and reliability make it a favorite for deployments in highvolume traffic areas such as ports and harbors, where the data is often integrated into a Vessel Traffic Monitoring System. In fact, the Monitor has been selected for most major port programs undertaken in the United States.

Workhorse Waves Array (Firmware and software for wave measurements)

Directional Wave Measurement Option For Workhorse Adcps for highly accurate multi-directional wave measurements.


RITMARE project of the research unit of the Technical University of Bari of the Co.N.I.S.Ma., in cooperation with the research unit of the University of Bari of the Co.N.I.S.Ma.

For further details, please, contact prof. Michele Mossa.

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RITMARE is the Italian leading national marine research project for the period 2012-2016; the overall project budget amounts to 250 million euros, co-funded by public and private resources.

RITMARE involves an integrated effort of most of the scientific community working on marine and maritime issues, as well as some major industrial groups, and is divided into seven sub-projects:

• Maritime Technologies for the development and construction of a Demonstration Vessel
• Technologies for Sustainable Fishing
• Planning of the Maritime Space in Coastal Waters
• Planning of the Deep Marine Environment and the Open Sea
• Observation System for the Marine Mediterranean Environment
• Research, Training and Dissemination Structures
• Interoperable Infrastructure for the Observation Network and Marine Data

Further details of RITMARE are available on the web site www.ritmare.it

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Michele Mossa
Antonio Felice Petrillo

Michele Mossa
Professor of Hydraulics at the
Polytechnic University of Bari
Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry
Via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari - ITALY


Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Area Universitaria di Valenzano
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Valenzano - Casamassima, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, BARI- ITALY