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Ocean Observatories Initiative

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(Female Narrator) Most of us see the ocean this way. At the University of Washington, the Ocean Observatories Initiative will change that and transform the way scientists study it. The ocean is the centerpiece of the earth's planetary environment. This is very powerful in terms of vastly increasing the potential scientists have to examine, experiment with and come to understand how the oceans actually operate. (Female Narrator) If the ocean is our planetary life support system, this new research technology could be critical to our survival. Eventually we evolve to the point where we have models that can actually predict the future because they will be so sophisticated. (Female Narrator) Instruments on the sea floor will gather a wealth of information recording activities in the ocean that influence climate, earthquakes, fish and other sea life. Fiberoptic cable will transmit data over the internet in real-time. Students, scientists and citizens around the world will be able to study and share that information. It means that really what we're doing is we're unlocking the potential of a collective mind. There's a blue whale. (Female Narrator) And there's the excitement of unexpected discoveries. While monitoring underwater seismic activity along the Juan de Fuca ridge, sensors also recorded a great many whale calls We get the opportunity to look at the whales while they're not looking back at us. So we have the ability to not only collect a much greater volume of statistical data but we also have the ability to do it in such a way that the whale's behavior isn't in any way affected by what we've done. (Female Narrator) From undersea volcanoes to whales the OOI will allow us to analyze the ocean environment in ways undreamed of.only ten years ago. We are, I think, wisely trying to incorporate all those new technologies directly in our quest to understand the global oceans. They are so complicated and so fascinating that we will still be discovering new relationships 20, 30, 40 years from now. Especially with this new approach.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: UW
Director: UW
Views: 62
Posted by: raneyn on Sep 22, 2010

Ocean Observatories Initiative

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