World's Largest Underwater Observatory Will Enable Real-Time Interactive Ocean Study

Posted: April 25, 2013  |  By: Derek Markham [Tree Hugger]

A system of high-tech sensors and fiber optic cables is being set up in the northeast Pacific Ocean that will enable real-time monitoring and data gathering from the ocean floor, and when completed, will become the world's largest underwater observatory.

Many aspects of the ocean are incredibly difficult to study with traditional methods, as human researchers are somewhat limited in their reach. Going to sea in a ship to study at specific locations can work for some research, and satellite and other monitoring equipment can work for others, but for some locations, such as the ocean floor near an active underwater volcano, more elaborate methods are required.

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