1. Technical requirements: For each of the scientific themes that would benefit from observatory science discussed in Breakout Group 1, list specific requirements needed to address the following feasibility issues:

    • What are the primary technical capability requirements needed (including sensors, power, bandwith, communication)?

    • What resources will be needed for deployment of the observatories (e.g., ship-days and ROVs)?

    • What are the primary maintenance requirements (including contingencies)?

    • What are the primary operational requirements related to the seafloor observatory in question (e.g., technician capabilities and numbers)?

    • What technology enhancements and improvements will be required?

While completing this task, keep in mind the following questions and comment on those you feel are appropriate.

Program/Information management

  • What would be the most effective management structure for a large seafloor observatory program?

  • Seafloor observatories will produce large amounts of raw and processed data. How should these data be managed and made available?

Educational outreach

  • What would be some educational “experiments” that could be developed using observatory data within the overall theme you are discussing?

  • Often, educational components of large scientific programs are not implemented to their full potential. What structure could be put in place to ensure that educational outcomes are realized within a seafloor observatory program?

  1. Discuss potential scientific synergies where multiple scientific problems could be addressed with common infrastructure. An important outcome of Breakout Group 3 will be a synthesis of common requirements that run across themes.



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