deployment plan of the Mediterranean NAOS floats was decided by an international community, after several months of discussion. The final plan on the sampling strategy and on the deployment areas, as well as the scientific and logistic reasons behind the approved strategy, are described in the NAOS WP3 RoadMap (see document here).


Guidelines (very, very shortly, see roadmap document for more details):

  • one Bioregion = at least one float (more should be better)
  • to stay as long as possible in the same Bioregion (we would like a complete seasonal cycle), adapt parking depth and cycling frequency (1000 m and 5-10 days)
  • increase cycling frequency (1 day) at max MLD and during spring; come back at lower frequency (5 days) in summer