ORION site discussion forum reopened
In addition to the recently announced RCL forum, the MARGINS community
online forum to discuss the merits of either Mariana or Central Amierica as
an ORION Global Ocean Observatory site has been reopened. This forum will
provide the substance of a recommendation to the ORION Science and
technology Advisory Committee regarding which site provides the greatest
scientific and technical opportunities for an ORION deployment.
ORION and the Ocean Observatories Initiative will constitute a major
Advance in real-time buoyed and seabed ocean monitoring. An exciting
opportunity for the MARGINS community comes from the Global Ocean
Observatories that will be distributed where long-term monitoring can most
effectively address interdisciplinary geophysical, chemical and biological
Preliminary arguments for how a cabled Global Ocean Observatory might be
scientifically advantageous and logically constructed at either Mariana or
Central America were submitted to ORION by groups headed by Patty Fryer and
Kevin Brown. As a result, at the April 2006 ORION Program Design and
Implementation Workshop (http://www.orionprogram.org/di_workshop.html) it
was recommended that infrastructure deployment include a buoyed observatory
at one of the proposed MARGINS subduction zone sites.
The ORION Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) subsequently
requested prioritization of one or other proposed site by the MARGINS
community. A subcommittee of MARGINS Steering Committee members with no
vested interest in either site was established, and the MARGINS Office ran
an online community forum for discussion of the issues at hand. The
preliminary report sent to STAC by the MARGINS subcommittee is included in
reference documents in the forum. A final recommendation will be made
at a late summer MARGINS Steering Committee meeting.
This forum will facilitate community input to the MSC on the merits
of the two proposed sites. As well as new discussions, the forum hosts
background documents and earlier discussion points. The forum will close
permanently at 4:30 pm Central Time, August 28, 2006, after which time the
MARGINS subcommittee will make its final recommendations to ORION STAC.
Note: You may be asked to enter the username and password more than
once to gain access to the forum.