While the oceanographic community has made great strides over the past couple of decades in developing physical and biogeochemical observing capacity, a more holistic understanding of marine ecosystem function and change is still needed. This community is now developing sensors, instruments, platforms, and systems that could make large-scale and long-term ocean biological/ecological observation possible in the future. Advances in imaging, acoustic measurement, and genomic sensing show great promise for the future. Although each approach is in a different stage of maturity, there is great enthusiasm within the communities for investment to develop these capabilities. These observations of life in the sea complement and integrate with physical and biogeochemical observations, and together will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the ocean. Join us to discuss the status of phytoplankton and other biological/ecological observing capabilities and strategize near-term opportunities to implement biological/ecological sampling via existing shipboard programs (e.g., GO-SHIP, GEOTRACES, etc.) and autonomous platforms (e.g., Biogeochemical-Argo floats), including associated logistical and budgetary challenges. We hope to identify bio/eco observing technology that is at the appropriate readiness level for large-scale test deployment, as well as short-term, cost-effective opportunities for test deployments via existing programs/platforms. While we have platforms and programs in mind, the expertise and interests of attendees will help shape the discussions at the meeting. If you plan to attend this side meeting, please fill out this 2-minute form to tell us about your specific interests: https://forms.gle/8wYPTwQcMjT39aLz5.
Relevant background information: Lombard, F., Boss, E., et al., 2019. Globally Consistent Quantitative Observations of Planktonic Ecosystems, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 196, doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00196.
Organizers: Heather Benway (OCB Program), Emmanuel Boss (Univ. Maine), Rik Wanninkhof (NOAA/AOML), Lynne Talley (SIO), Kenneth Johnson (MBARI)