International Ocean Research: Common opportunities and challenges



The impending interruption of important satellite observations and the need for improvements in data management and communications are of significant concerns to the ocean community.

Plans to reduce satellite observations of the ocean will negatively affect both research projects and observational programs. Progress in our understanding of how ocean physics and chemistry interact with living organisms and ecosystems in space and time will be impaired by the loss of high-quality satellite data streams. Prompt action is needed to prevent this from happening. Satellite observation programs that are particularly imperiled and must be maintained include sea surface height, ocean color, and sea surface vector winds and waves. Likewise, the long-term continuity of measurements of sea ice, microwave sea surface temperature, and rainfall measurements must be assured.