Contact: Barbra Gonzalez, UM Rosenstiel School
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Caption: OceanScope, a formal partnership between the ocean-observing community and the global shipping industry for the systematic long-term study of the ocean water column from surface to depth will be established according to a report prepared by Scientific Committee on Oceanic. Research/International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (SCOR/IAPSO) Working Group 133, the rationale is that commercial ships on the high seas offer a cost-effective opportunity to contribute to directly addressing a significant observational gap that currently exists. The project builds upon the successful program initiated through NOAA’s Collaborative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) at the University of Miami (UM), in collaboration with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which has already generated more than 200 scientific papers and presentations over the past decade. As part of the SCOR/IAPSO working group, the UM/RCCL partners shared scientific and technical best practices from their experiences aboard the Explorer of the Seas, as well as recent advances in fully automating shipboard systems which are being implemented aboard the Allure of the Seas.
Credit: Hunter Augustus
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