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Images: A Well Sampled Ocean

Rutgers University's Marine Field Station in Tuckerton, New Jersey, is the headquarters of the Long-term Ecosystem Observatory (LEO)—a network of sensors taking continuous, realtime observations of a swath of coastal ocean.

A backbone component of LEO is a subseafloor cable supplying power and two-way communications from the field station to permanent seafloor nodes, which, in turn, support a variety of instruments.

At LEO, instruments supported by permanent seafloor nodes are complemented by a wide range of measurements taken by robotic vehicles, satellites, aircraft, research vessels, shore-based radars, and by instruments on buoys and on the field station's meteorological tower.

LEO's cable from the field station is directionally drilled underneath a marsh and intercoastal waterway and toward the continental shelf in 1994.

The WHOI designed remotely operated vehicle REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS.

An underwater docking station where REMUS can upload power or download data.

One of LEO's seafloor nodes is deployed.