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NSF’s OOI Initiative “A Space Telescope in the Ocean”

Over at ZDNet, Dana Gardner writes that the Ocean Observatories Initiative and its accompanying Cyberinfrastructure Program aims to provide an unprecedented ability to study the Earth’s oceans and climate using myriad distributed data centers and literally oceans’ worth of data.

The primary mission of our project is to provide this platform, the space telescope in the ocean,” said Michael Meisinger, Managing Systems Architect for the Ocean Observatories Initiative Cyberinfrastructure. “And it’s not a single telescope. In our case, it’s a set of 65 buoys, locations in the ocean, and even a cable that runs a 1,000 miles at the seafloor of the Pacific Northwest that provides 10 gigabit ethernet connectivity to the instrument, and high power.”

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