El Hierro science ship in port in Los Cristianos on 24 March for public open door day

El Hierro science ship in port in Los Cristianos on 24 March for public open door day

Science ship Ángeles Alvariño. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo
Science ship Ángeles Alvariño. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo

Update 24 March: Just a reminder for those who are interested that the Instituto Español de Oceanografía’s science vessel, the Ángeles Alvariño, will be in Los Cristianos today for the public to look around.

Original post 19 February: I’ve posted before about “science ships”, which have often been sailing over the eruption area in El Hierro, taking samples, measuring gases, collecting lava fragments, etc. Now, the Tenerife Cabildo has announced the arrival in Tenerife of the Instituto Español de Oceanografía’s science vessel Ángeles Alvariño, which is heading back to El Hierro for a new study, but is stopping off here first to give the public a chance to have a look around.

The Ángeles Alvariño is said to be the most sophisticated and modern science ship that the Institute has, and it is to celebrate the Institute’s centenary (1914-2014) that the open day is being held – in Los Cristianos on 24 March. There will be another open day on 8 March in Puerto de La Estaca, El Hierro. Investigators of the Vulcano project will be on hand to discuss the ship and its work, and to answer questions from the public.

Vulcano is an investigative project forming part of the Plan Nacional, financed by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad y fondos FEDER. It is headed by the Centro Oceanográfico de Canarias del Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) with collaboration by the Universities of La Laguna and Las Palmas, the Banco Español de Algas and the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre de Tenerife. Its main objective is to characterize the spatial-temporal variability of the physical-chemical-geological and biological properties of the entire periphery of El Hierro from the sea’s surface to a depth of 2,000 metres.

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