MFS - VOS is organising and collecting XBT and CTD data in the Mediterranean opean sea and coastal areas.

The operational monitoring with XBT started as part of the EC funded research MFS - Pilot Project (September 1999 - December 2000)

The XBT data collection continued in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea as part of the Italian Ministry of Environment funded program Adricosm Pilot Project and Adricosm Extension

A new MFS-VOS phase was established from September 2004 to May 2005 as part of the EC funded program MFSTEP.

Data collection is continuing on tracks, as part of ad hoc fundings.

Different technologies for data transmission have been adopted: ARGOS, GSM (cellular telephones used as modem), satellite systems.

Europa SeaDataNet Adricosm Star Portal NATO_ARW ENEA