The New Wave of Coastal Ocean Observing : Image

The seafloor node of the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory

UNDERWATER POWER STRIP—The seafloor node of the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory, shown here being lowered into the water, supports experiments but it is also an experimental technology itself. Scientists plug into the node’s power supply and data cables to study everything from shifting sands to blooming plankton. (Jayne Doucette, WHOI Graphic Services. )

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