Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Ocean Observatories and Information: Building a Global Ocean Observing Network

  • O. SchofieldEmail author
  • S. M. Glenn
  • M. A. Moline
  • M. Oliver
  • A. Irwin
  • Y. Chao
  • M. Arrott
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_715

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Ocean observatories are collections of networks of sensors that are deployed to sample the ocean physics, chemistry, and biology. The goal of these networks is to overcome chronic undersampling of the oceans by providing sustained measurements in space and time. The data collected by these networks are used to address a range of basic and applied research questions, hindered by a lack of data. The ocean observatories represent collections of platforms capable of collecting data over a range of scales. The platforms include ships, satellites, radars, and a range of Lagrangian systems. Data from the individual platforms are aggregated by sophisticated cyberinfrastructure software systems, which when combined with global communications allow for two-way communication between the shoreside personnel and the networks that can be deployed anywhere in the world. This two-way communication allows the networks to be adaptively configured to improve...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Schofield
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. M. Glenn
    • 1
  • M. A. Moline
    • 2
  • M. Oliver
    • 3
  • A. Irwin
    • 4
  • Y. Chao
    • 5
  • M. Arrott
    • 6
  1. 1.Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Center for Marine and Coastal SciencesCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  3. 3.School of Marine Science and Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and EnvironmentUniversity of DelawareLewesUSA
  4. 4.Mount Allison UniversitySackvilleCanada
  5. 5.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA
  6. 6.Scripps Institution of Oceanography & Calit2University of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA