Accelerating global ocean observing: monitoring the coastal ocean through broadly accessible, low-cost sensor networks
Wang, Zhaohui Aleck
Michel, Anna P. M.
Mooney, T. Aran
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The global coastal ocean provides food and other critical resources to human societies. Yet this habitat, for which many depend, has experienced severe degradation from human activities. The rates of human-induced changes along the coast demand significantly improved coverage of ocean observations in order to support science-based decision making and policy formation tailored to specific regions. Our proposal envisions developing a global network of low-cost, easily produced and readily deployed oceanographic sensors for use on a wide variety of platforms in the coastal ocean. A substantially large number of these sensors can thus be installed on existing infrastructure, ships of opportunity, and fishing fleets, or even individually along the coast, particularly in vulnerable and disadvantaged regions. This would vastly increase the spatiotemporal resolution of the current data coverage along the coast, allowing greater equitable access. It would also offer significant opportunities for partnership with communities, NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders, as well as a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors to develop and deploy sensors in scalable networks transmitting data in near-real time. Finally, it presents a vastly lowered bar for participation by citizen scientists and other engaged members of the public to address location-specific coastal problems anywhere in the world.
© The Author(s), 2021. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Wang, Z. A., Michel, A. P. M., & Mooney, T. A. Accelerating global ocean observing: monitoring the coastal ocean through broadly accessible, low-cost sensor networks. Marine Technology Society Journal, 55(3), (2021): 82–83, https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.55.3.52.
Suggested CitationWang, Z. A., Michel, A. P. M., & Mooney, T. A. (2021). Accelerating global ocean observing: monitoring the coastal ocean through broadly accessible, low-cost sensor networks. Marine Technology Society Journal, 55(3), 82–83.
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