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[10] Report to the National Science Foundation from the Second Workshop on the Development of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), March 9-13, 2000. Held at San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, Calif.

[11] Report to the National Science Foundation from the Third Workshop on the Development of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), May 3-4, 2000. Held at Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, N. Mex.

[12] Report to the National Science Foundation from the Fourth Workshop on the Development of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): Standard Measurements and Infrastructure Needs, June 4-5, 2002. Held at The Millennium Hotel, Boulder, Colo.

[13] Final Report NEON-V: CRIPTON Workshop. Collections, Research, Inventories, and People for Taxonomic Opportunities in NEON, June 14-16, 2002. Held at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Ill.

[14] Report to the National Science Foundation from the Sixth Workshop on the Development of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): Information Management, September 16-18, 2002. Held at National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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[17] K.E. Holsinger and the IBRCS Working Group. IBRCS White Paper: Rationale, Blue-print, and Expectations for the National Ecological Observatory Network, Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Biological Sciences, March 2003.

[18] IBRCS web site: <http://ibrcs.aibs.org>.

[19] Senate Report 108-143, September 2003.

[20] Panel Suggests a Difference Shade of NEON. Science 301:1828.

[21] National Research Council. NEON: Addressing the Nation’s Environmental Challenges. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2003. Available at <http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10807.html>.

OOI (OCEAN OBSERVATORIES INITIATIVE)

Description

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will “provide the ocean science community in the U.S. with the basic infrastructure required to make long-term measurements in the oceans” [1]. The OOI will consist of three components: a global network of relocatable deep-sea observatories based around a system of moored buoys, a system of cabled permanent observation sites on the seafloor spanning regional-scale (10-1000 km) features, and an expanded network of coastal observatories. Scientific questions in ocean research and a growing awareness of the interconnectedness of the ocean and land environments essential for sustaining the human race have prompted an increased desire for long-term, temporal information about ocean systems. Driven primarily by the 2001 NSF Division of Ocean



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