SEA CURRENTS MONITORING PROJECT

With the collaboration of IMARES (Marine Engineering Department of University of Costa Rica), Innoceana started a sea currents monitoring project in the southern region of the Pacific side of Costa Rica. This project has never been undertaken before in this area and will be highly beneficial to develop plastic removal strategies and to understand how nutrients flow, parameters highly related with the behaviour of marine ecosystems.

SEA CURRENTS MONITORING PROJECT

With the collaboration of IMARES (Marine Engineering department of University of Costa Rica), Innoceana started a sea currents monitoring project in the southest region of the Pacific side of Costa Rica. This project has never been undertaken before in this area and will be highly beneficial to develop plastic removal strategies or understand the nutriends flow, parameters highly related with the behavior of the marine ecosystems.

WEATHER & AIR QUALITY STATION IN ISLA DEL CAÑO

This is the second weather station designed and installed by Innoceana in collaboration with the HRL (Harbour Research Laboratory of the UPM), again in a place where a weather station has never existed before. Climate and environmental parameters have been unknown in this Island until this point. Now, Caño Island can connect meteorological phenomenon with the ecosystem behaviour, such as humpback whale migrations, algae blooms, coral bleaching, and ocean acidification. Also, we will develop the first baseline measurements of water quality in this area.

WATER QUALITY ELEMENTS IN ISLA DEL CAÑO

This project breaks barriers and has been increasing the database of the water quality in the southern Pacific Side of Costa Rica, in Isla del Caño and surrounding rivers such as Sierpe and Térraba. The water in these rivers bring nutrients that flow to the sea coming from the agricultural fields inland. The rangers of Caño Island have learned about how to use this protocol and how important the water quality is.

WATER QUALITY ELEMENTS IN ISLA DEL CAÑO

This project breaks boundaries and it has been increasing a database of the water quality in the South of the Pacific Side of Costa Rica, in Isla del Caño and surrounding rivers such Sierpe or Térraba, the water in those rivers bring nutrients that flows to the sea coming from the agricultural fields in the inlands. The rangers of the Caño Island have learnt about how to use this protocol and how important is the water quality.

3D CORAL REEF MODELLING

This project is a faithful example of Innoceana´s main value; innovation. Technology, collaboration and innovation are the main tools we have used to develop a protocol to create 3D maps of the coral reef around Caño Island. These maps will be crucial information in monitoring changes in the reef and developing strategies to protect them.

2D GIS MAPPING

Georeferencing information in maps is one of the Innoceana’s targets, the environmental parameters can not be understood without their location. Innoceana has produced 2D maps of some of the main ecosystems of Caño Island.

2D GIS MAPPING

Georeferencing information in maps is one of the Innoceana’s targets, the environmental parameters can not be understood without their location. Innoceana has produced 2D maps of some of the main ecosystems of Caño Island.

PLASTIC MONITORING

Every time one of the Innoceana members jumps into the water, they not only  record any plastic they found during the dive, they remove the plastic from the sea bottom and characterise it. Plastics have been found around the Island specially during the rainy season. We have recorded two refrigerators floating between Caño Island and Corcovado and even a tank full of petroleum!