What is an Ocean Observing System? Where are they? What do they measure and why? Who uses them? Why are they important to us?Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (2006)
Coastal Observatories are a collection of instruments that provide long-term, continuous data, often in real time or near real time. New technologies facilitate novel experiments and capture the latest data from the ocean. Instrumentation is placed on the ocean floor, autonomously “flown” through the ocean, or suspended on buoys to capture data from the ocean. The information is collected, sent via telemetry to a data manager that relays it out over the Internet where scientists, resource managers, educators, students and the recreating public can view and use it.
Major components of observatories include:
By designating special areas of the coastal ocean for thorough study, research, and analysis by all fields of marine science, the scientists can increase oceanographic knowledge. With so many resources and instruments together, scientists are able to observe the ocean from more angles than ever before. And so, our understanding of the ocean and our planet is enhanced