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IMS Seminar

The Ocean Observatories Initiative: A paradigm shift in marine science?

Wednesday, 19 November, 3:30 pm
Andrew McDonnell, UAF, SFOS
Fairbanks—201 O'Neill • Seward—101 Rae Building • Juneau—101 Lena Point bldg. • Other—Pexip Rm2

The Ocean Observatories Initiative is an ambitious effort by NSF and the oceanographic community to design, construct, operate, and maintain a large networked system of in situ sensors to monitor and study the ocean. Several sites have been selected, and some of the system components are nearing the end of their construction phases. I'll give an overview of the history, infrastructure, costs, schedule, and recent developments of the initiative that has been labeled \"Oceanography's Million Dollar Baby\". Together we will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges of this enormous project and its consequences for the future of oceanographic science.