Advancing Observation of Ocean Biogeochemistry, Biology, and Ecosystems With Cost-Effective in situ Sensing Technologies

Type Article
Date 2019-09
Language English
Author(s) Wang Zhaohui Aleck1, Moustahfid Hassan2, Mueller Amy V.3, Michel Anna Pm1, Mowlem Matthew4, Glazer Brian T.5, Mooney T. Aran1, Michaels William6, McQuillan Jonathan S.4, Robidart Julie C.4, Churchill James1, Sourisseau MarcORCID7, Daniel Anne7, Schaap Allison4, Monk Sam4, Friedman Kim8, Brehmer Patrice9
Affiliation(s) 1 : Woods Hole Oceanog Inst, Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA.
2 : NOAA, US Integrated Ocean Observing Syst, Silver Spring, MD USA.
3 : Northeastern Univ, Dept Civil & Environm Engn, Boston, MA 02115 USA.
4 : Natl Oceanog Ctr, Southampton, Hants, England.
5 : Univ Hawaii Manoa, Dept Oceanog, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA.
6 : NOAA, Silver Spring, MD USA.
7 : Ifremer, Plouzane, France.
8 : UN, FAO, Rome, Italy.
9 : Univ Brest, IRD, CNRS, Ifremer,IUEM LEMAR, Plouzane, France.
Source Frontiers In Marine Science (2296-7745) (Frontiers Media Sa), 2019-09 , Vol. 6 , N. 519 , P. 22p.
DOI 10.3389/fmars.2019.00519
WOS© Times Cited 41
Keyword(s) in situ, sensor, OceanObs, ocean technology, EOVs, biogeochemistry, biology, cost effective

Advancing our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry, biology, and ecosystems relies on the ability to make observations both in the ocean and at the critical boundaries between the ocean and other earth systems at relevant spatial and temporal scales. After decades of advancement in ocean observing technologies, one of the key remaining challenges is how to cost-effectively make measurements at the increased resolution necessary for illuminating complex system processes and rapidly evolving changes. In recent years, biogeochemical in situ sensors have been emerging that are threefold or more lower in cost than established technologies; the cost reduction for many biological in situ sensors has also been significant, although the absolute costs are still relatively high. Cost savings in these advancements has been driven by miniaturization, new methods of packaging, and lower-cost mass-produced components such as electronics and materials. Recently, field projects have demonstrated the potential for science-quality data collection via large-scale deployments using cost-effective sensors and deployment strategies. In the coming decade, it is envisioned that ocean biogeochemistry and biology observations will be revolutionized by continued innovation in sensors with increasingly low price points and the scale-up of deployments of these in situ sensor technologies. The goal of this study is therefore to: (1) provide a review of existing sensor technologies that are already achieving cost-effectiveness compared with traditional instrumentation, (2) present case studies of cost-effective in situ deployments that can provide insight into methods for bridging observational gaps, (3) identify key challenge areas where progress in cost reduction is lagging, and (4) present a number of potentially transformative directions for future ocean biogeochemical and biological studies using cost-effective technologies and deployment strategies.

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Wang Zhaohui Aleck, Moustahfid Hassan, Mueller Amy V., Michel Anna Pm, Mowlem Matthew, Glazer Brian T., Mooney T. Aran, Michaels William, McQuillan Jonathan S., Robidart Julie C., Churchill James, Sourisseau Marc, Daniel Anne, Schaap Allison, Monk Sam, Friedman Kim, Brehmer Patrice (2019). Advancing Observation of Ocean Biogeochemistry, Biology, and Ecosystems With Cost-Effective in situ Sensing Technologies. Frontiers In Marine Science, 6(519), 22p. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :