Delaney, J. R.. University of Washington, jdelaney@u.washington.edu
Chave, A. R.. Woods Hole Oceanogrphic Institution, alan@whoi.edu
Howe, B. M.. University of Washington, howe@apl.washington.edu

 
NEPTUNE: A SUBMARINE INTERACTIVE PLATE-SCALE OBSERVATORY
 
Effective modeling of complex interactions involved in ocean systems requires the return of four-dimensional data sets from multiple arrays of physical, chemical, and biological sensors deployed specifically to characterize covariant nonlinear processes among plate scale earth systems. The National Ocean Partnership Program supports an engineering design study for NEPTUNE, a program involving interactive seafloor observatories to investigate highly active plate tectonic and oceanographic systems off the Washington-Oregon coast. The objective is to establish strategically-located, state-of-the-art seafloor observatories capable of: 1) real-time transmission of data and images from many hundreds of instruments, 2) routine robotic responses controlled from shore, and 3) distribution of power to components of the system. The single-most important technology required is a fiber-optic cable system, designed to link a series of seafloor communication nodes to shore, enabling the data flow and power transmission required for comprehensive long-term observations and routine remote intervention. Individual seafloor instrument arrays can become virtual InterNet sites from which data retrieval, instrument control, or robotic intervention can be available to designated shore-side users.
 
Day: Friday, Feb. 5
Time: 03:30 - 03:45pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS12FR0330E