Down to the Sea for Science—Science Features

In the photo, the surface mooring has been launched, and the first of a string of current meters to be deployed beneath it is about to go in the water

The 1982–84 Long-Term Upper Ocean Study (LOTUS) brought home two years’ worth of atmospheric and upper-ocean measurements, the first long-term time series for this type of data. In the photo, the surface mooring has been launched, and the first of a string of current meters to be deployed beneath it is about to go in the water. (Photo by Mel Briscoe)

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