The Mobile Research Station (MRS) arrived on Inis Meaín at the end of August 2020. Today, the interior of the station has a working space, power outlet, and heating. For the time being, the power comes from two sources: solar panels and a generator. The wind turbine has been delivered and will be installed shortly. The mast on top of the MRS, which has lightning protection, hosts the antenna that was installed recently.

This Friday we did some preliminary tests using another antenna located 18 kilometres away! With help from Marine Engineer Michèal O`Conghaile who is now well used to work with our Sr Research Engineer, it was possible to survey the area, we examined the existing radio link to avoid interferences in the future. 

In a few weeks our very own  private encrypted microwave radio link to the mainland will provide the necessary connection between the research pods, the MRS, Basecamp, and finally make its way to the drive, where it will be accessible by everyone working on the project. 

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mobile research stationSince the mobile research station and the mobile workshop have  arrived at Inis Méaín in  August 2020, a lot of progress has been  made.  This amazing progress is due to the hard work of the project  engineer, Arnaud, and the help from the people of the island.

This was my first trip to the island, after working at Basecamp,  almost a year ago. It was amazing to see how much the project infrastructure has developed, and I was eager to do some hands-on work.

I have arrived on the island at midday, and almost constantly experienced the islands hospitality. After getting of the ferry, I was straight away asked by the locals if I needed help, or a lift, and if everything was ok. I was welcomed to the island by Arnaud, who had already spent most of the week on the island. First, we stopped at the mobile workshop, where I got the grand tour - discovering the workspace, shelter area, and studying a very detailed map of Inis Méaín. We discussed the work plan for the next two days, taking the unpredictable weather into account. Next, we travelled to the mobile research station. As we arrived, a stunning rainbow appeared over Gregory's Sound, and the stone walls were 'singing' with the incredible winds. The location is not only breath-taking, it is positioned in a way that would allow collecting multiple streams of wave data: from video to vibration, and everything in between. The station is now equipped with solar panels, a generator, and a wind generator is scheduled to be installed in the coming weeks. The station is becoming a central point that will gather all the vital data and transmit it to the mainland.

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Today, our Mobile Research Module and the Workshop Module have arrived to Inis Meaín. Thanks to Rory Beatty and the crew of MV Chateau-Thierry, we have crossed over to the Aran Islands the most important pieces of engineering of our research project. The containers are loaded with instruments and all sorts of tools that will be needed for our project. For the past few days basecamp was like Cap Canaveral before the launch of a space mission... We tried not to forget anything we would be needing over the coming weeks.

Patrick Faherty on the island of Inis Meaín has accepted to host our containers for the forthcoming years. He took personnaly in charge the containers upon arrival. Our project is receiving strong support from the island community.

 

Having joined the HIGHWAVE project as a post-doc in October 2019 I unfortunately missed the group field trip that year. Therefore, two weeks ago, on Thursday 20th August, I took my first drive to Connemara and met Arnaud, the project engineer, at the basecamp just outside Rossaveel. We spoke about the coming two days and what we had planned. We planned to spend the rest of Thursday on the mainland and Friday on Inis Meáin.

Mini PODPortable Observation Devices or POD for short is our response to hMaxi PODostile environment, salt, wind, rain when it comes to observe waves and record data near the edge of the cliffs. JFC Marine in Tuam has accepted to help us manufacturing from recycled plastic a robust sustainable reinforced shelter for our instruments.

Our PODs will come in two different flavours, MINI and MAXI, more on this soon... keep tuned...

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As part of my PhD training, I had the opportunity to visit the Basecamp,  located in the west coast of Ireland. The main goal of this visit was to get familiar with the key places where we plan to deploy sensors and instruments to measure breaking waves and their impact on cliffs. The visit also allowed me to be introduced to the new terms and concepts regarding wireless communication, an essential part of the HIGHWAVE project.

 

After several weeks of bad weather, we are finally getting an opportunity to head to Rock Island (North West tip of Inis Mór). We have chartered MFV Sean Maír and her skipper Arek. We will be testing today for the first time our new Spotter manufactured by Sofar Ocean in the US. These miniature databuoy have all the features of the large metbuoys. We intend to assess the scientific worthiness of this instrument over a period of six months. We have aquired two spotters nicknamed WANDERER and EXPLORER. According the the manufacturer and the Commissionners of Irish Lights (CIL) we are first bringing these buoys to Ireland.