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This time on Ocean Gazing, John Orcutt and Frank Vernon – from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego – explain how they get automated underwater observations back ashore to actual human beings. Vernon says, “We hope that everybody takes advantage of it… I don’t think there’s any limit or bound.”



Cyberinfrastructure allows online access of underwater observations to anyone in the world in real time.

Cyberinfrastructure will allow ''full two-way communication capabilities to facilitate direct interaction with the oceans.'' Artwork and layout: Jennifer Matthews.

John Orcutt, project director for the cyberinfrastructure component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

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  1. […] John Orcutt and Frank Vernon are wiring the ocean to the Internet. And their goal is to let anyone anywhere tap into the vast data stores. Tune into episode 5 of the Ocean Gazing podcast. […]

  2. Laura Dunbar says:

    As a middle school teacher I’m excited about the opportunities this presents. I’m not exactly sure how I would go about using this information effectively in the classroom ~ though I definitely have some ideas.

    One concern I have is that I may not be able to correctly understand what the data means.

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