Conceptual Framework for Developing the Next Generation of Marine OBservatories (MOBs) for Science and Society.
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Ribera d’Alcalà, Maurizio
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In the field of ocean observing, the term of “observatory” is often used without a unique meaning. A clear and unified definition of observatory is needed in order to facilitate the communication in a multidisciplinary community, to capitalize on future technological innovations and to support the observatory design based on societal needs. In this paper, we present a general framework to define the next generation Marine OBservatory (MOB), its capabilities and functionalities in an operational context. The MOB consists of four interconnected components or “gears” (observation infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, support capacity, and knowledge generation engine) that are constantly and adaptively interacting with each other. Therefore, a MOB is a complex infrastructure focused on a specific geographic area with the primary scope to generate knowledge via data synthesis and thereby addressing scientific, societal, or economic challenges. Long-term sustainability is a key MOB.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationCrise, A.; Ribera d’Alcalà, M.; Mariani, P.; Petihakis, G.; Robidart, J.; Iudicone, D.; Bachmayer, R. and Malfatti, F. (2018) A Conceptual Framework for Developing the Next Generation of Marine OBservatories (MOBs) for Science and Society. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:318, 8pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00318
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