Outposts in the Ocean : Image

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A proposed network of fixed moored ocean observatories would be chosen among potential sites (red dots), whose strategic value for monitoring and understanding the ocean's role in climate has already been identified. The new sites would complement the existing Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array of buoys in the tropical Pacific Ocean (shaded region) and the Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) (shaded region), whose deployment began in 1997. (Illustration by Jim Canavan)