Keeping Tabs on the Sea

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Science  18 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5985, pp. 1498-1499
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5985.1498


Scientists have been probing the sea for centuries, using everything from humble buckets and nets to sophisticated buoys, submarines, and satellites. Charted on a map, these efforts can make it look like the ocean is well sampled, but the ocean remains vastly undersampled for its size. Oceanographers are trying to build better global networks for collecting and sharing data and deploying more capable instruments that can operate for years without human tending. Science offers a brief look at some new and existing programs to better "see" the sea.

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