Capitol Hill Oceans Week June 10, 2004 John Englander, CEO
The International SeaKeepers Society • Our unique history. • 5 years of success. • The next 5 years.
In 1998, a California developer, Al Gersten, had a bold idea: Given that the oceans are endangered, could private yacht owners develop a new monitoring system to augment existing ocean data collection?
If so, could a not-for-profit organization make a meaningful contribution, working with Government, Industry, academia, and other research organizations?
Our Mission: The International SeaKeepers Society is a nonprofit organization that actively protects the oceans by equipping luxury yachts, other vessels, and platforms around the world with sophisticated ocean and atmospheric monitoring sensors. These compact, high-tech monitors gather and transmit via satellite to the international scientific community critically-needed data on the health of the oceans, changing weather and climate patterns, sources of pollution and other threats to human life and marine resources.
Paul Allen Alex Dreyfoos Jim Clark Steve Forbes Jim & Jan Moran Gale Ann Hurd Craig McCaw Our 63 Founding Members include some recognizable names, for example:
How to fund it: • Members donate a minimum of $50,000 each to SeaKeepers, a tax deductible charity. • Yacht-owning members would allow SeaKeepers to install a monitoring system. • The result: by the year 2000 . . . 2 years and $2 million later . . .
Remote Data Transmission SeaKeepers Data Products SeaKeepers Data Center Online Data base QA/QC program Wx data to National Weather Service
The Plan: • Create an automated laboratory that continuously analyzes seawater. • Combine it with a meteorological station. • Collect & store data with high precision. • Transmit data sub-sets real-time by satellite. • Make data available to scientific community and the public.
SeaKeepers Modular Sensors Sensor prototype & testingCDOM FluorescenceTurbidityChlorophyll-a FluorescenceOptical AttenuationReflectance RadiometerpCO2 &Total CO2Nutrients (Nitrate, Silicate, Phosphate, Ammonia)Trace metalsMicro-Sensors (“Chemistry on a chip”) Weather Air temperatureWind speedWind directionRelative HumidityBarometric pressureOceanographic Sea Surface Temperature Salinity Dissolved Oxygen pH RedOx
Weathersensors SeaKeepers Ocean & Atmospheric Monitoring Module Components
Trace metals analyzer Water distribution manifold and CTD Fluorometer pCO2 analyzer
Today we have 42 operating installations & 12 more in construction.
SeaKeepers systems are installed on: YachtsPiersBuoysCruise ShipsMerchant Ships
Royal Caribbean Cruise lines “m/v Explorer of the Seas”University of Miami partnership: Ocean and Atmospheric Labs
Salvador A SeaKeepers system was commissioned April 2003 in a Brazilian tanker, Metal Tanque IV, for service along the Brazilian coast Porto Alegre
Current Projects with NDBC/NOAA • Fowey Rocks Lighthouse • Biscayne National Park • Chesapeake Bay Observing System
IFREMER, the French Oceanographic agency, is beginning a monitoring project in the Mediterranean using a SeaKeepers system on a ferry. Ferry routes for the central Mediterranean; example SNCM
Comparison between SeaBird sensor at 2 meter depth and SeaKeepers sensor at surface note seperation of traces during low wind periods and convergence during wind mixing.
The next 5 years • Evaluate 42 operating systems to identify potential areas for improvement. • Maintain focus on data quality. • Scale up number of deployments. • Develop additional sensors. • Improve data distribution and presentation. • Develop educational outreach data products.