Scientific facilities

Physical Oceanography

  • Rotating table: it was one of the first instrumental developments that took place within the Physical Oceanography group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the mid-90s. With this table it can be simulated the effect that the planet's rotation rate has on large-scale fluids. It has been used in both teaching and research tasks. In this sense, we must highlight the doctoral thesis carried out by Mónica Hernández Arencibia entitled "Experimental study of the Current System of Bransfield (Antarctica) ", which simulated in the laboratory the characteristics of the Bransfield current system, even predicting the existence of structures whose existence was subsequently proven with in itu measurements.

  • TurboMap: one of the differentiating elements of the physical oceanography developed by OFyGA is that it focuses on the small-scale mixing processes that take place in the ocean. The TurboMap is an instrument that allows us to measure the turbulence in the marine environment, to estimate later variables related to ocean mixing. So far, TurboMap has sampled in the upwelling of northwest Africa, in the waters of the Canary Islands, Chile and Antarctica.

  • MicroRider: this instrument has a similar objective to the previous one, while it seeks to make measurements of microstructure turbulence. The main difference with the TurboMap is that the MicroRider is onboard a platform while measuring, instead of free falling. This undoubtedly gives it greater versatility when it comes to integrating it into the tasks to be carried out during an oceanographic cruise.

Applied Geophysics

  • Flow magnetometer (fluxgate): devices used to quantify the magnetic signal of a sample in intensity or direction are called magnetometers. The magnetism varies from place to place due to the differences in the Earth's magnetic field (the magnetosphere) and can be caused by the different natures of the rocks and the interaction between the charged particles of the Sun and the magnetosphere of the planet. The fluxgate has the ability to measure the magnetic field component in a particular direction. In addition to the field of research, this magnetometer has been used in several Final Degree Projects in the field of Civil and Geomatic Engineering.

  • Seismograph: in OFyGA we have a seismograph with a chain of geophones to make low depth seismic surveys, thus accessing the subsoil characteristics close to the surface.