news Regional Ocean Observing Systems Subject of MTS/NE Meeting By Maggie L. Merrill, for MTR Online Figuring out how to wire the coast for real time monitoring was the subject of a recent evening soiree held at the UMASS Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology. Center Director, Dr. Wendell Brown provided well hydrated and fed Marine Technology Society New England members and guests with a snap shot of how his colleagues propose to facilitate connectivity to the many existing monitoring systems that are operating along the MTS/NE Chairman Elect, Christopher Jakubiak of Umass Dartmouth's School for Northeast coast. A subject of a recent Marine Science and Technology with Dr. proposal to NOAA's Coastal Services Wendell Brown, Director of SMAST. (Photo Credit: Maggie L. Merrill) Center, Brown along with colleagues from institutions from Massachusetts to North Carolina are hoping to tie together their own coastal monitoring systems within a mega system and have certain parts of each system provide standard measurements. It's a plan that is all part of the grand plan called the, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), a twinkle in the eyes of many ocean and climate scientists that has gained a lot of momentum in light of the damage sustained in the wake of three powerful hurricanes; Katrina, Rita and Wilma two years ago. The concept being that there is more known about the atmosphere and celestial bodies than is known about our very large ocean. There are many distinct ocean observing stations already operating, albeit for finite purposes having to do with specific scientific, navigational, military and commercial interests. Remote communication technology and computer technology have evolved to a point that connecting these disparate systems together with some sort of a common protocol is within reach. The results can in fact supply extremely useful information how the dynamics of the ocean and the coast affect climate conditions on land. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org Marine Science (IA/MS) will be the first in a series of proposed "accelerators" for the development of technology-based companies on Cape Cod. It will serve as a bridge between basic academic researchers with commercially promising, but developmentally early, technology and a group of scientific and business executives with marine science industry experience who have developed and marketed products from the bench to the marketplace." 12 MTR The Regional Technology Development Corp. of Cape Cod was created in 2006 as a not-for-profit economic development organization with $200,000 in seed funding from economic stimulus legislation, along with guidance and support from the Falmouth Economic Development Corporation and Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. Congressman William Delahunt (DMA) has voiced support for the RTDC May 2007
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