Perhaps as no shock, oceanography is going to need some more money, about $2-3 billion to be exact. A group of international scientist called the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) says “warming seas, over-fishing and pollution are among profound concerns that must be better measured to help society respond in a well-informed, timely and cost-effective way…A system for ocean observing and forecasting that covers the world’s oceans and their major uses can reduce growing risks, protect human interests and monitor the health of our precious oceans.” So what would we spend all that cash on?
- a stable network of satellites surveying vast extents of the surface of the oceans
- fixed stations taking continuous measurements on the seafloor or as floats and buoys moored in the water column and at the surface
- small robot submarine ocean monitors, some drifting with the currents, others motoring along programmed routes
- marine animals ingeniously outfitted with electronic tags that equip them to capture and transmit data about the environments they visit
- merchant marine and research vessels, opportunistically observing along their routes