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Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)

Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures Map (ICTS)

MARHIS - Integrated Coastal Infrastructure for Experimentation and Modelling (iCIEM)

MARHIS (Maritime Aggregated Research Hydraulic Infrastructures ) is a distributed ICTS that aims to improve Spanish competitiveness and efficiency in the field of maritime hydraulic engineering. It aims to increase the efficiency and capability of Spanish numerical, experimental and field facilities for applications to coastal, harbour and offshore engineering. The facilities that forms part of this distributed ICTS are managed by the Maritime Engineering Laboratory that belongs to Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, El Pardo Hydrodynamics Experimentation Centre that belongs to INTA, PLOCAN Consortium and Biscay Marime Energy Platform (BIMEP).

The iCIEM is an integrated infrastructure distributed among different locations of the coastal area of Barcelona devoted to research and engineering in the maritime field (coastal, harbour, and environmental applications). It is composed of a combination of different scales laboratories, field monitoring stations, and advanced platforms for numerical modelling. The iCIEM is managed by the LIM, a specialised research centre of the UPC, BarcelonaTech. The Modelling Laboratory is located on the UPC northern campus, in Barcelona. The main facilities are the large-scale wave flume CIEM and the small-scale flume CIEMito, both with the capacity to generate waves and currents. The first is a large flume for 2D tests with almost-null distortion (100min length, 3m in width, and up to 7m in depth), a relevant tool for controlled hydraulic experiments in coastal, harbour and oceanographic engineering, as well as in other fields such as aquaculture and wave-energy facilities. The CIEMito is a transparent flume with a total length of 18m, a useful section measuring approximately 0.40m in width and 0.56m in height. It allows for small scale experimentation and to achieve optimisation and complementarity, mainly with optical measurements of transparent water with the CIEM. The Maritime Field Observation Laboratory features the XIOM Shelf Observatory for the collection of meteorological and oceanographic variables along the Catalan coast, from the Gulf of Roses to the Ebro Delta with the ability to measure waves, currents, meteorology, long-period oscillations (tides and other long waves), and a group of maritime-shore meteorological stations especially adapted for the coastal area. The Pont de Petroli Coastal Observatory is a jetty that extends 250m offshore, from the shallow surface waters to intermediate depths (12 m). It is the first installation in microtidal conditions in the European Union, and it supplements the network of instrumentalized jetties that includes HORS in Japan, or Duck in the USA. Both Laboratories are supplemented with a high-resolution Numerical Modelling Laboratory, which provides services that run from the replication of hydraulic models to systems of meteo-oceanographic parameters prediction, as well as a rWLaB, a platform for educational, research, and the dissemination of knowledge that provides remote access to the laboratory facilities and the different field data stations (XIOM and Pont del Petroli).


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