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Video Excerpts: News Conference
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Animation: Pioneer Array
This artist's conception represents the coastal "pioneer array." The first installation of this moveable array will occur along the "continental shelf-break" off the coast of southern New England, the boundary where coastal waters meet the open ocean. It is a dynamic intersection where ocean currents meet in weather-like "fronts," and where the nutrients, pollutants, minerals, creatures, and waters of the coast are exchanged with the deep ocean.
Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Animation: Underwater Glider

Artist's concept of the diving and surfacing of an autonomous glider as it surveys the ocean, sampling water properties and sensing the seafloor along the way.
Credit: Oregon State University
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Animation: Extendable Draft Platform
This animation depicts the Extendable Draft Platform (EDP) developed by the Technip for possible use as part of the coastal and global observatory system.
Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Animation: Underwater Glider 2
Another artist's concept of the progress of an autonomous glider as it surveys the sea, then rises to the surface to send data back via satellite.
Credit: Oregon State University
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Podcast: A Shelfbreak Observatory for Coastal Oceanography
Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz explains how new robotic underwater vehicles and ocean observatories can revolutionize our understanding of the coastal ocean.
Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Animation: How Does An Observatory Work?
This animation broadly represents how ocean observatories work. It does not represent the specific science or tools of the coastal or global array. In the sequence...magma rises through Earth's crust to a mid-ocean ridge, where ocean observatory sensors detect ground motion, lava, and chemicals spewing from hydrothermal vents. Observations are relayed back to shore-based researchers, who can command their instruments and a robotic vehicle to make specialized measurements, before mustering an expedition to inspect the eruption firsthand.
Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Video: Launching a Mooring
Short video clip of the deployment of the mooring in the Hudson Strait.
Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Video: Coastal Upwelling
Strong winds blowing along certain coasts can promote a phenomenon known as coastal upwelling. The waters off the west coast of North America, Peru, and western Africa—where upwelling provides abundant nutrients—include some of the most productive fisheries in the world.
Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Last updated: June 3, 2008