|Ocean Systems for Chemical, Optical and Physical Experiments (OSCOPE)
The NOPP sponsored Ocean Systems for Chemical, Optical, and Physical Experiments (OSCOPE) program addresses the need
for next-generation autonomous near real-time, long-term time series measurements in critical regions of the world oceans.
To systematically obtain high resolution, long-term, interdisciplinary oceanic data, in analog to the Mauna Loa
atmospheric CO2 time series, there is need to improve the variety, quantity, quality, and cost-effectiveness of
observations using a network of strategically placed moorings. Impacts of OSCOPE relate to the development of the
proposed technologies which can be used to quantify 1) trends in biogeochemical and bio-optical variables and 2) seasonal,
interannual, and decadal changes in upper ocean biogeochemical and bio-optical variability and carbon fluxes. The OSCOPE
interdisciplinary sensor suites (e.g., pCO2 and pH sensors, nitrate analyzers, and spectral optical sensors) were being
tested on moorings near Bermuda and in Monterey Bay. The newly developed systems have also been placed on the new
NOPP mooring located at Ocean Weather Station Papa (OWS "P") in the North Pacific.
Group photo from the first OSCOPE workshop help September 14-15, 1998 at NOAA/PMEL in
Top Row (left to right): Michael McPhaden (UWA), Cynthia Decker (NOPP), Derek Manov (UCSB), Nicholas Bates (BBSR),
Rik Wanninkhof (AOML), Scott Doney (NCAR), Andrew Dickson, Hugh Milburn, Xuri Yu (UCSB).
Bottom Row (left to right): C.S. Wong, Gernot Friederich (MBARI), Tommy Dickey (UCSB),
Francisco Chavez (MBARI), Casey Moore (WET Labs, Inc.), David Sigurdson (UCSB), and Robert Byrne (USF).
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Bermuda Biological Station for Research
Bermuda Testbed Mooring (UCSB, OPL)
Montery Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory's (PMEL)
Univ. of South Florida Marine Science Intitute
WET Labs, Inc.