Volcanic erUption at El Hierro IsLand. Sensitivity and ReCovery of the mAriNe EcOsystem (VULCANO)
The marine ecosystem of the island of El Hierro, one of the richest and most sensitive of the Spanish region, is experiencing the consequences of the first recorded underwater eruption in the Canary Islands in the last 500 years of volcanological history.
The principal objective of VULCANO is to characterize the marine ecosystem from a physical-chemicalbiological approach in order to quantify the environmental impact caused by the eruptive process.
This main aim splits into five particular objectives:
1) to characterize the ecosystem before and after the eruption process
2) to study the spatio-temporal variability of physical, chemical and biogeochemical properties
3) to evaluate the impact of the eruptive process on lower trophic levels
4) Characterization of the physiographic, morphological and structural changes on the seafloor associated to submarine eruptions
5) the data integration in existing databases, SIG implementation and dissemination by viewers
These objectives will be accomplished through the development of a multidisciplinary working plan which includes the realization of 3 oceanographic cruises and satellite observations.