ABERDEEN, Wash. - Sensors and robots could soon be studying and monitoring the Pacific Ocean. The vast network of power lines and fiber optic cable off the coast of Washington and Oregon would stretch hundreds of miles along the seafloor according to Dr. John Delaney. Delaney will discuss the "Ocean Observatories Initiative" at the Grays Harbor College Bishop Center, Thursday, January 24th at 7:00pm.
He will also discus a project to place fiber optic cable and sensors on the ocean floor off the Washington Coast to monitor for earthquake, volcano and landslide activity which will help in the prediction and warning of conditions that could adversely affect our coastal communities.
The Bishop Center is located at Grays Harbor College 1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen WA
The OOI, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, is planned as a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. The OOI will be one fully integrated system collecting data on coastal, regional and global scales. The OOI Program is managed and coordinated by the OOI Project Office at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for construction and initial operations of the OOI network. Three major Implementing Organizations are responsible for construction and development of the overall program. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and its partners, Oregon State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography are responsible for the coastal and global moorings and their autonomous vehicles. The University of Washington is responsible for cabled seafloor systems and moorings. The University of California, San Diego, is implementing the cyberinfrastructure component. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with its partners University of Maine and Raytheon Mission Operations and Services, is responsible for the education and public engagement software infrastructure.