How Wave Broadband is Helping the University of Washington Launch a New Era of Ocean Discovery

Seattle Business 11/30/2017
by Patrick Knorr

The Regional Cabled Array facility is using Wave’s fiber network to transmit data real-time 24/7 to a global user community.

The University of Washington (UW) operates and maintains the Regional Cabled Array facility, a component of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI is an integrated infrastructure program composed of science-driven platforms and sensor systems that measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to an air-sea interface. The program addresses critical science-driven questions that will lead to a better understanding and management of our oceans, enhancing our capabilities to address important issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification and carbon cycling.

As part of the OOI, the Regional Cabled Array underwater observatory uses Wave’s fiber network to provide 24/7, two-way command and control capabilities to the school’s engineers, scientists and students, and to transmit real-time data to a global user community. The cabled array includes a 521 km-long high-power and bandwidth cable that crosses the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon, reaching the most active underwater volcano, “Axial Seamount,” on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. With the data they are able to gather, the University of Washington is helping launch a new era of scientific discovery and understanding of the oceans by maintaining a permanent year-round presence in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

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Image Credit: University of Washington/NSF-OOI/CSSF; see bottom of linked article for image description.