The Pioneer Array will revolutionize the way oceanography is conducted by blending traditional moorings and buoys, new instruments and communications technologies, and cutting-edge robotic vehicles such as underwater gliders and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Such observatories will move science past the limits of ship-based work (which covers small areas for short periods of time), allowing researchers to study the ocean intensively and continuously from the surface to the seafloor, across time scales from minutes to years. The first deployment of the Pioneer Array will occur along the edge of the continental shelf south of Massachusetts, where it will be complemented by other regional observing assets. The ?Pioneer? Array is so named because of its pioneering technologies and because it is moveable and modular, allowing researchers to re-deploy equipment to other ocean regions for new studies. (Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)



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