Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN)

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a Research Infrastructure (RI) labelled by the ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure) Spanish National Roadmap, co-funded by the Science and Innovation Ministry of the Spanish government, the Canary Islands government and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Programme of the Canary Islands.

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 and initiatives.

PLOCAN operates a multi-platform coastal and ocean observatory for continuous and real-time observations in fields such as the study of global change and ocean acidification, ecosystems, biogeochemistry and physics. The observatory consists of several fixed and mobile systems that interoperate to offer ocean observations, environmental impact monitoring, instrument testing and validation from shallow to deep waters.