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Institute starts deep sea monitoring network

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies has launched its iMARL deep sea monitoring system, a national infrastructure project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Geological Survey Ireland.

The €2.9-million iMARL (in-situ marine laboratory for geosystems research) project has placed 18 ocean seismometers hundreds of kilometres off Ireland’s western seaboard.

These will listen for offshore earthquakes and detect tsunamis, as well as monitor deep water currents and seabed disturbances caused by storms. They are sensitive enough to track passing whales and dolphins, the institute said in a statement.

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