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The Ocean Tracking Network
Ron O'Dor(1), Laurent Dagorn(2), Kim Holland(3), Ian Jonsen(4), John Payne(5), Warwick Sauer(6), Jayson Semmens(7), Michael Stokesbury(8), Peter Smith(4), Fred Whoriskey(9)
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The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) grew out of two Census of Marine Life tagging projects that together provide coverage for three trophic levels of interactions in ocean ecosystems. Researchers are pressing for standards and protocols allowing universal storage and sharing of a broad spectrum of biological and physical oceanographic information from combined systems. Society needs information to manage marine resources and standardized approaches encourage investment in new technologies compatible with global systems. We summarize the planned OTN and some recurring themes from recent tracking and telemetry workshops around the world. We discuss ways industry believes it can deliver a picture of the complex interactions of biology and physics that are the world's oceans. Where animals go, what conditions they experience, how they interact and how individual's behaviours change on timescales relevant to climate change is information that scientists and managers need in order to protect and restore ocean productivity.
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O'Dor, R. & Co-Authors (2010). "The Ocean Tracking Network" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.66
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