Despite our reliance on the ocean and its resources, it remains a frontier for scientific exploration and discovery. Seafloor observatories—unmanned systems of instruments, sensors, and command modules—will have power and communication capabilities to provide support for spatially distributed sensing systems and mobile platforms. Illuminating the Hidden Planet is a voyage to the bottom of the sea, advancing oceanographic science further through long time-series measurements, to discover the mysteries of the deep that have, until now, avoided scientific opportunity.
National Research Council. 2000. Illuminating the Hidden Planet: The Future of Seafloor Observatory Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/9920.
|The Scientific Potential of Seafloor Observatories||25-70|
|Seafloor Observatory Architechture: Technical Requirements||71-78|
|Other Requirements for Estbalishing a Seafloor Observatory Network||79-94|
|Other Significant Issues Relating to Seafloor Observatories||95-101|
|Findings and Recommendations||102-111|
|Appendix A: Steering Committee and Staff Biographies||117-121|
|Appendix B: Symposium Participants||122-124|
|Appendix C: Symposium Program||125-128|
|Appendix D: Charges to Breakout Groups||129-133|
|Appendix E: Acronyms and Abbreviations||134-135|
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