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.
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?
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?
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.