A device that can measure the sea level and serve as an early warning system for tsunamis is to be installed in the Corinthian Gulf as part of a European Union project.
The low-cost experimental device has been developed by scientists at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center.
The first four devices have been installed in October on the Spanish coast in Cartagena and Cadiz and in Albufeira and Sagres in Portugal. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
An additional 16 devices will be installed across the Mediterranean, in Greece Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Romania, Tunisia and Turkey.
The Inexpensive Device for Sea Level Measurement (IDSL), a novel mareograph system to measure the sea level in real time. Sea level data is measured every five seconds and transmitted to JRC servers through the GPRS phone lines, which means they are immediately available for analysis. A web site is available to visualize, analyze and download the data as soon as it is stored.