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Ocean Systems for Chemical, Optical and Physical Experiments (OSCOPE)

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Ocean Systems for Chemical, Optical and Physical Experiments (OSCOPE)

The NOPP sponsored Ocean Systems for Chemical, Optical, and Physical Experiments (OSCOPE) program addresses the need for next-generation autonomous near real-time, long-term time series measurements in critical regions of the world oceans. To systematically obtain high resolution, long-term, interdisciplinary oceanic data, in analog to the Mauna Loa atmospheric CO2 time series, there is need to improve the variety, quantity, quality, and cost-effectiveness of observations using a network of strategically placed moorings. Impacts of OSCOPE relate to the development of the proposed technologies which can be used to quantify 1) trends in biogeochemical and bio-optical variables and 2) seasonal, interannual, and decadal changes in upper ocean biogeochemical and bio-optical variability and carbon fluxes. The OSCOPE interdisciplinary sensor suites (e.g., pCO2 and pH sensors, nitrate analyzers, and spectral optical sensors) were being tested on moorings near Bermuda and in Monterey Bay. The newly developed systems have also been placed on the new NOPP mooring located at Ocean Weather Station Papa (OWS "P") in the North Pacific.

Group photo from the first OSCOPE workshop help September 14-15, 1998 at NOAA/PMEL in Seattle, Washington.
Top Row (left to right): Michael McPhaden (UWA), Cynthia Decker (NOPP), Derek Manov (UCSB), Nicholas Bates (BBSR), Rik Wanninkhof (AOML), Scott Doney (NCAR), Andrew Dickson, Hugh Milburn, Xuri Yu (UCSB). Bottom Row (left to right): C.S. Wong, Gernot Friederich (MBARI), Tommy Dickey (UCSB), Francisco Chavez (MBARI), Casey Moore (WET Labs, Inc.), David Sigurdson (UCSB), and Robert Byrne (USF).OSCOPE-related Links Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Bermuda Biological Station for Research Bermuda Testbed Mooring (UCSB, OPL) Montery Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory's (PMEL) Univ. of South Florida Marine Science Intitute WET Labs, Inc.

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