Measurement campaigns in the French West Indies : buoys to study marine currents
Several measurement campaigns are organized in the French West Indies at the end of this summer. This action aims to collect data to feed numerical models that simulate current and future hazards (coastal erosion, marine submersion). As such, 12 current meters were placed for a period of 100 days around the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in order to measure the currents in the water column.
Immediately afterwards, 12 buoys equipped with GPS beacons will be deployed off Martinique and Guadeloupe to follow surface currents. This campaign will be carried out by Ifremer in collaboration with the Armed Forces in the West Indies (FAA) with the support and assistance of Dumont D’Urville. Based in Fort-de-France, this boat will be used by the Ifremer team to deploy the buoys on site from September 3 to 4, 2020. These buoys will be monitored in real time from a dedicated online platform.