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A network-based telemetry architecture developed for the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

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Austin, T.C. ; Dept. of Appl. Ocean Phys. & Eng., Woods Hole Oceanogr. Instn., MA, USA ; Edson, J.B. ; McGillis, W.R. ; Purcell, M.
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Underwater observatories with real-time data and virtually unlimited power transmission capabilities compared to traditional oceanographic moorings are beginning to provide scientists with continuous access to the coastal and open ocean. However, for any coastal observatory to serve as a cost-effective system for the collection of long-term scientific and environmental data, it must have a simple, upgradeable power and telemetry system and an instrument interface that is compatible with existing standards. It must be designed for extended environmental exposure and ease of service to avoid high maintenance costs. Most importantly, the observatory must be accessible to all potential users, including students, scientists, engineers, and policy makers. This strategy was applied to the design of the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory on the south shore of the island of Martha's Vineyard. The new facility, and in particular its system architecture, as developed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with support from the National Science Foundation, are described

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Oceanic Engineering, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Apr 2002

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