One of the biggest challenges for oceanographers’s the sheer scale of their subject. The idea of monitoring currents, sunlight, tectonic plate movements and innumerable other factors over the course of decades and thousands of square miles has long seemed like a pipe dream. Now, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative’s aiming to bring scientists closer to that objective. With hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables, sensors and cameras, “Project Neptune” will soon be retrieving enough data to fill two high-definition television broadcasts 24x7, allowing scientists all over the world to plug directly into ocean phenomena.
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