Scott Glenn ~ Ocean Observer


Snapshots of the Global Ocean

"We like to say it’s the most advanced ocean observation lab on the planet."

Dr. Scott Glenn is responsible for the design, construction, operation and utilization of the Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (COOL), which has sustained a continuous observational presence in New Jersey's coastal ocean since 1992 and now enables globally distributed scientists to sustain a long-term virtual presence at sea over broad regions. Originally at a remote site, the COOL operations center is now right in the middle of campus, a move made possible by the rise of the internet and remote sensing capabilities.

Scott leads teams that develop new remote and robotic technologies for autonomous surface and undersea sampling to investigate ocean processes. COOL provides a test bed that supports interdisciplinary studies and has sponsored multi-institutional experiments. The COOL center has enhanced interdisciplinary collaborations that span marine, geological, and environmental science; microbiology, computer science, engineering, education, and economics.

"Satellites were the transformational technology of the 1980s. Ocean observatories are the transformational technology of the 21st century."
“Our vision is omnipresence,” says Scott. “Instead of a cable with high bandwidth we’re looking at short tweets of information from all over the world, all being assembled into one spot and giving us that snapshot of our global ocean.” The expanding set of scientific problems that can be tackled by continuous remote data collection makes use of the COOL key technologies, including locally acquired satellite infrared and ocean color imagery, a multistatic high-frequency radar array, and a fleet of autonomous underwater gliders. “For the best view of what’s going on in the ocean you used to have to be at sea,” says Scott. “Now that best view is actually from the COOL room.”

The COOL room:
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