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UW Discoveries - OOI

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(Woman's Voice) Most of use see the ocean the ocean this way. At the University of Washington the Ocean Observatories Initiative will change that, and transform the way scientists study it. (Man's Voice) The ocean is the center piece of the Earth's planetary environment. This is very very powerful in terms of vastly increasing the potential that scientists have to examine, ahhh experiment with and come to understand how the oceans actually operate. (Woman's Voice) If the ocean is our planetary life support system this new research technology could be critical to our survival. (Man's Voice) Eventually we evolve to the point were we have models that can actually predict the future, because they will be so sophisticated. (Woman's Voice) Instruments on the sea floor will gather a wealth of information. Recording activities in the ocean that influence climate, earth quakes, fish and other sea life. Fiber optic cable will transmit the data over the internet in real time. Students, Scientists and citizens around the world will be able to study and share that information. (Man's Voice) It means that really what we are doing were unlocking the potential of a collective mind. (Woman's Voice) And there's the excitement of unexpected discoveries. While monitoring underwater seismic activity a long the Juan de Fuca Ridge sensors also recorded a great many whale calls. (Man's Voice) We get an 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 whales behavior isn't in any way affected by what we've done. (Woman's Voice) From undersea volcanoes to whales, the Ocean Observatories Initiative will allow us to analyze the ocean environment in ways undreamed only 10 years ago. (Man's Voice) We are, I think wisely trying to incorporate all those new technologies directly into our quest to understand the global oceans. They are so complicated and so fascinating that we will still be discovering new relationships 20 years, 30 years, 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: University of Washington
Views: 48
Posted by: maysjustin on Sep 15, 2010

Discoveries at the UW are shaping our world and making a difference on a local, national and global scale.

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