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OBSERVATIONS OF A TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM: AN EVALUATION OF SPATIAL VARIABILITY IN OCEAN MEASUREMENTS TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE REGIONAL COASTAL OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM
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OBSERVATIONS OF A TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM: AN EVALUATION OF SPATIAL VARIABILITY IN OCEAN MEASUREMENTS TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE REGIONAL COASTAL OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM
Submitted on 20 Feb 2014

Vanessa M. Wright
University of the Virgin Islands
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OBSERVATIONS OF A TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM: AN EVALUATION OF SPATIAL VARIABILITY IN OCEAN MEASUREMENTS TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE REGIONAL COASTAL OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM

Vanessa Wright
University of the Virgin Islands


The Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System, CariCOOS, of the Caribbean Regional Association, CaRA, is one of eleven regional coastal observing systems apart of the Integrated Ocean Observing System, IOOS. An array of five real-time oceanographic data buoys have been established around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, USVI. The buoys measure air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, wave height, wave direction, sea surface temperature and salinity, density, and ocean currents at 1-meter intervals from surface to sea floor. One buoy south of St. Thomas, USVI provides water quality for turbidity, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen. These data products are used to understand connectivity between mesophotic and near-shore coral reefs, assess water quality parameters for regional management strategies, marine operations, commercial and sport fisheries, scientific research, and more. Here we evaluate spatial variability from the observing platforms in the region to access site redundancy and determine areas of interest to support stakeholders needs. The effort is a collaboration of multiple marine laboratories and inter-agencies working with all major stakeholders to ensure the most effective regional ocean observing system is established.
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