COSMOS Activities


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Research using MVCO data

WHOI Observatory Systems

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO)

The MVCO is a research observatory located at South Beach and in the ocean a mile off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It provides real time and archived coastal oceanographic and meteorological data for researchers, students and the general public.

Palmer Station TSG Observatory

Real-time thermosaligraph data from Palmer station in the Antarctic. This mini-observatory effort is in preparation for the Polar Remote Interactive Marine Observatory (PRIMO) scheduled to be deployed in 2006 approximately 3 miles south of Palmer Station, Antarctica in 130m of water. The TSG system transmits real-time UDP data every 10 seconds and displays a series of live webcam images from a pan&tilt camera.

Panama LJL Underwater Tropical Observatory (PLUTO)

The Panama Liguid Jungle Underwater Tropical Observatory (PLUTO) is a 1.3km fiber-optic cabled observatory deployed in January 2006 in approximately 18m of water. The observatory consists of sensors for salinity, temperature, pressure, water current speed and direction, chlorophyll, turbidity, oxygen, down-welling light at two depths, array of temperature sensors, and an underwater camera. The data are sent from the node via the underwater fiber-optic cable to the shore station at LJL, where the system is monitored and controlled. The data are also distributed via satellite back to WHOI and made available on the web.

Collaborative Observatory Systems

NSF's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

In August 2007, the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) awarded a $97.7 million contract to an academic partnership led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), to support the development, installation and initial operation of the coastal and global components of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).