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UCSD scientists to share ocean data

A team of oceanographers and UC San Diego information technology specialists are developing a network that will help scientists share data about the world’s oceans, it was announced Wednesday.

The $400-million Ocean Observatories Initiative -- headed by UCSD’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, known as Calit2, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- is being funded by the National Science Foundation.

“With this project, we will be pushing the limits of our understanding of ecology, biology and oceanography, so we can provide the means for scientists to mitigate threats to the world’s largest ecosystem and the flywheel of Earth’s climate system’’ said John Orcutt, the project’s principal investigator and professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institution of

Oceanography.

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Through the initiative, scientists will be able to collect data from an array of more than 50 sensors and other scientific instruments on the seafloor and from satellites and share that information with their colleagues around the world through a network.

After receiving its final design approval from the NSF, expected later this spring, the OOI project will expand the number of ocean-monitoring projects already in existence, including the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) managed by the United Nations.