Delaney and a University of Washington research team are implanting robotic sensor arrays along the Juan de Fuca Ridge and other ocean sites -- on the ocean floor and throughout the water column -- that link to the Internet using submarine electro-optical cables.
In essence, Delaney and his team are networking the ocean -- for the benefit of ocean science.
In a TED talk, Delaney explains how the system will document and measure previously-inaccessible phenomena such as erupting volcanoes, migration patterns, submarine slumps, undersea earthquakes and storms.
The hope? That all of that data will lead to richer computer models of ocean behavior.
Or as Delaney puts it: "The system is the whole planet."
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