Oceanography is evolving from a ship-based expeditionary science to a distributed, observatory-based approach in which scientists continuously interact with instruments in the field. These new capabilities will facilitate the collection of long-term time series while also providing an interactive capability to conduct experiments using data streaming in real time. The U.S. National Science Foundation has funded the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), which over the next 5 years will deploy infrastructure to expand scientists' ability to remotely study the ocean. The OOI is deploying infrastructure that spans global, regional, and coastal scales. A global component will address planetary-scale problems using a new network of moored buoys linked to shore via satellite telecommunications. A regional cabled observatory will "wire" a single region in the northeastern Pacific Ocean with a high-speed optical and power grid. The coastal component will expand existing coastal observing assets to study the importance of high-frequency forcing on the coastal environment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)