Ocean Observing Systems
Modeling and observational studies of the earth's natural waters will undergo a major paradigm shift as we move our focus from discrete measurements in support of individual research efforts to long-term integrated observational systems that support the community at large. Integrated ocean observing systems that address the diverse needs of the aquatic scientific community are expected to be the core tools in aquatic research for the foreseeable future.
While the conceptual framework for these observatories promises immense positive impact for diverse arenas of social, economic and scientific needs, the practical considerations in making such systems operationally cost effective prove daunting. In response to this challenge WET Labs has partnered with Satlantic Inc. to establish a new company dedicated to providing sensors, systems and networks for operational use in long-term observing networks.
WET Labs provides instrumentation to leading ocean observing networks throughout the world. Our products are used for long term monitoring by both large government agencies and smaller regional systems including NSF’s Ocean Observing Initiative, NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System, the SCCF RECON, and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System. Regional observing systems managed by NOAA have several sites outfitted with ECO fluorometers and WQMs. There are several monitoring sites throughout the Great Barrier Reef with our equipment. The Australian Institute for Marine Science owns and operates several ECO FLNTUs. We are enthusiastic about taking part in large scale monitoring efforts. Whether the observing system is in place or planning has just begin, we can offer guidance along the way.
Current Users and Marketing Links
National Ocean Observing Systems- IMOS
Regional Observing Systems- Sanibel Captiva and Chesapeake Bay NOAA