SS3.08 Application of Automated Technology to Detect Environmental Change
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 9:30:00 AM
Location: View Royal
 
SchofieldO, COOL IMCS/Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, oscar@imcs.rutgers.edu
Glenn, S, , COOL IMCS/Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, glenn@imcs.rutgers.edu
 
DAWN IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: SYNOPTIC OCEANOGRAPHY GOING OPERATIONAL
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The Ocean Sciences Decadal Committee in laying out oceanography’s future suggested “The very few existing time-series stations paint a compelling picture of important oceanic changes in physics, chemistry and biology. Yet these stations capture the time domain at only a single point. New strategies for observing the appropriate spatial correlation are required.” The question confronting the community is how do we get there? Key enabling technologies are opening the door. These include: (1) long-duration moorings or cabled observatories for subsurface time, (2) high-frequency RADARs providing real-time surface current maps over shelf scales, (3) a growing international constellation of high-resolution ocean color satellites, and (4) an emerging class of long-duration remotely-controlled Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). This observationally rich environment changes the relationship between models and observation. In the well-sampled ocean, forecast errors are dominated by uncertainties in the model formulations or boundary conditions, and ensemble forecasts with differing parameterizations can be compared to observations so as to improve our understanding of errors associated with various model assumptions. Therefore the near future of oceanography is exciting. Given this bright future,,,, buy shades.