SMART Cables for Observing the Global Ocean: Science and Implementation.
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Howe, Bruce M.
Arbic, Brian K.
Barnes, Christopher R.
Johnson, Gregory C.
Luther, Douglas S.
Song, Y. Tony
Thomas, Preston N.
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The ocean is key to understanding societal threats including climate change, sea level rise, ocean warming, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Because the ocean is difficult and costly to monitor, we lack fundamental data needed to adequately model, understand, and address these threats. One solution is to integrate sensors into future undersea telecommunications cables. This is the mission of the SMART subsea cables initiative (Science Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications). SMART sensors would “piggyback” on the power and communications infrastructure of a million kilometers of undersea fiber optic cable and thousands of repeaters, creating the potential for seafloor-based global ocean observing at a modest incremental cost. Initial sensors would measure temperature, pressure, and seismic acceleration. The resulting data would address two critical scientific and societal issues: the longterm need for sustained climate-quality data from the under-sampled ocean (e.g., deep oce.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14
Maturity LevelTRL 2 Technology concept and/or application formulated
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationHowe, B.M., et al (2019) SMART Cables for Observing the Global Ocean: Science and Implementation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:424, 27pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00424
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