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B-DEOS, Town Meeting on Ocean Observatories

InterRidge at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk InterRidge at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Wed May 23 04:23:48 EST 2001

Dear Colleague,

A Town Meeting on multidisciplinary ocean observatories
is to be held in the UK on 25-26 July. There are areas of
specific interest to InterRidge, with a number of
observatory sites, all involving areas including Ridge Crests,
proposed in the N Atlantic, S Atlantic and S Ocean.

B-DEOS (British - Dynamics of Earth and Ocean Systems)

B-DEOS is a multidisciplinary programme encouraging
collaborative research by the marine, solid earth
geoscience, biological and oceanographic communities.
A Town Meeting has been called as part of the
B-DEOS planning phase and follows on from an
outline bid for a NEW Thematic Programme which has
already been approved by the NERC's Science & Technology
Board for development into a full bid. Discussions at the
B-DEOS Town Meeting will  therefore guide the final
science plan and budget  that are to be submitted to
NERC by this coming Autumn.

This email aims to advertise the DEOS initiative to all
potentially interested parties in long-term ocean observatory
initiative over the coming decade.

 Details of NERC B-DEOS Town Meeting are as follows-

Date 25-26 July
Venue: Cardiff University
Further Information:

This information can also be accessed from the InterRidge meetings pag
e or http://www.intridge.org/010521.htm

Keynote speakers from British and International
institutions will provide an overview of observatory
science, and European, American and Japanese initiatives
that are leading to the establishment of observatories
around the world. Keynote speakers include:

Prof. John Delaney, Prof. John Orcutt and Dr. Alan Chave
(USA - The US Ocean Observatory Program - DEOS and NEPTUNE),
Prof Mathilde Cannat and Prof Pascal Tarits
(France - French plans for ocean observatory systems including
the InterRidge MOMAR observatory).

 To Register:
Mrs Val Akhurst vmak at nerc.ac.uk
Tel. 01793 411693 or
 Dr Neville Hollingworth nth at nerc.ac.uk
 Tel. 01793 411527

 Principal Science Contact:
Professor Adam Schultz adam at ocean.cf.ac.uk
tel: (+44) (0)29 2087 4325

Inspiration behind DEOS

Emerging technologies now make it possible to undertake
sustained observation of the air-sea interface, the
water column, the seafloor and below. By breaking down
traditional barriers to  interdisciplinary research, it will be possib
le to address
fundamental questions in global and regional scale geodynamics,
physical, chemical and biological oceanography and the
study of air-sea interactions. New areas of research
will emerge that are not presently feasible in the
expeditionary style of marine research that has hitherto
been the norm. Sustained and multidisciplinary observations
will enable scientists to seek out inter-disciplinary
links between the processes governing the Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere

B-DEOS will establish Britain's first long-term marine
observatory capability with infrastructure to deliver power
to instruments over year-to-decade scales, with support via
the internet for near real-time two-way telemetry of data
and commands from the observatory sites to the scientist's desk-top.

B-DEOS will form an important part of an emerging
international ocean and solid earth observing system
capable of sustained operation and high spatial resolution
of physical, chemical and biological processes within the water
column, at and below the seafloor, and at the
air-earth interface. Several 200 km x 50 km B-DEOS
observatory sites have been proposed in the N. and
S. Atlantic and S. Ocean. Both marginal and deep
ocean sites are being considered. Participants in the
Town Meeting will guide site selection and
broaden the overview of the scientific issues to
be addressed at each site.

Observatory instrumentation will support global and
regional seismology and electromagnetics, geodetics, water
column arrays including profiling vehicles, current
meters, biogeochemical sensors, sediment and
biological traps, video, CTD and meteorological instruments.
Telemetry back to shore will be supported making
it possible for investigators to have assurance of
acceptable operation, rapid dissemination of data, and
the ability to control instruments remotely and
contribute to the public understanding of science
by providing a www observatory monitoring interface
tailored to the general public.

A schematic of the proposed observatory instrumentation
can be found at http://www.deos.org/

Agnieszka Adamczewska
InterRidge Coordinator
Ocean Research Institute
University of Tokyo
1-15-1 Minamidai, Nakano-ku
Tokyo 164-8639 , Japan

Tel:  + 81 3 5351 6820
Fax: + 81 3 5351 6530
E-mail: intridge at ori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
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