Located at 29º10'N - 015º 30'W at a depth of 3600 m, the station was initiated with the main objective of contributing to the ocean observation international programs, like JGOFS (1987-2003) and WOCE (1990-2002). It was backed by 4 institutions: University of Bremen, IfM-Kiel Institute (currently GEOMAR), Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the Canary Islands Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM). From 2011 the station is operated by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), becoming at this stage the oceanic observation node of the Platform.
Name: ESTOC (European Station for Time series in the Ocean Canary islands)
Position: 29º10’N - 15º30’O
Maximum depth: 3670 m.
Category: Physical, meteorological and biochemical observatory
Distance for operations from research vessels: 5 nautical miles until the positioning of the permanent surface buoy (29º11’N, 15º55’W)