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Front. Mar. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00519

Advancing Observation of Ocean Biogeochemistry, Biology, and Ecosystems with Cost-effective In Situ Sensing Technologies

  • 1Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
  • 2Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy), Italy
  • 3Northeastern University, United States
  • 4National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 5University of Hawaii, United States
  • 6Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France
  • 7National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States

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 and biological in situ sensors have been emerging that are three-fold or more lower in cost than established technologies,; cost reduction for many biological in situ sensors has also been significant, although the absolute costs are still relatively high. with cCost 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 sciencequality 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 costeffectiveness 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.

Keywords: in situ, Sensor, OceanObs, ocean technology, EOVs, biogeochemistry, Biology, ecosystems, cost effective, Ocean observing

Received: 07 Nov 2018; Accepted: 09 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

Frank E. Muller-Karger, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, United States

Reviewed by:

Emanuele Organelli, UMR7093 Laboratoire d'océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France
Michael Twardowski, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, United States
William D. Wilson, Independent researcher, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Wang, Moustahfid, Mueller, Mowlem, Michel, Glazer, Brehmer, Mooney, Friedman, Michaels, McQuillan, Robidart, Schaap and Monk. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Zhaohui Aleck Wang, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, United States, zawang@whoi.edu