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Data analysis: Oceans
➤ geothermal energy – though so do questions,
and urgent analyses, regarding environmental
destabilisation.
That risk, environmental destabilisation, is
present in every human use of the sea. The
oceans are large, and can absorb a great deal,
but their balance is not uninterruptible. Even
the most cursory look at computerised marine
data analysis activity reveals two familiar
strands, often forced into collaboration,
but always fundamentally separate: how
to exploit effi ciently, and how to conserve
effectively. Perhaps, to sidestep my structure
for a moment, the most high profi le example
is the petroleum industry, which drills down
(literally) through all the layers of shallower
seas from surface through ecologies to
the geology below. An increasing body of
legislation, and of scientifi c analyses to support
it, seeks to tie producers into environmental
protection systems. Compliance evidencing
is built into the planning of new facilities,
with data collection, storage, management Precise thinking
and analysis an important part of the process.
The opening up of Sakhalin, a closed area in
requires
cold war days, to development of a vast oil
and gas project includes an environmental
precise searching.
monitoring laboratory complex. The operator,
Sakhalin Energy, runs a central LIMS (not
Nautilus, this time, but SampleManager – also
from the Thermo Scientifi c stable) serving an
extensive system of realtime and long term
analytic and reporting programmes that cover
both the island and the surrounding Sea of
surface alkalinity maps, generated by Ocean Data View, from the Us Department of energy’s
Okhotsk.
carbon Dioxide information analysis centre. the oceans play a part in the carbon cycle whose
Further down, below the fi shed zones, importance is only now beginning to be properly understood.
life continues – largely ignored, but by no
means unaffected by human activity. Since analysis of linkages to deep sea microbial life those organisms that fl ourish in conditions
the layers are not systemically isolated may prove to be an essential requirement for inimical to most forms of life and offer clues
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what happening in deeper habitats. Cross accurately since there is even greater variation of parasitism within these communities, for
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