Bringing Semantic Technologies to the Ocean

A pair of data scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is joining forces with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to make use of a $2 million grant and see what they can learn about our oceans.

Peter Fox, one of the scientists commented, “A massive amount of data about the oceans is gathered every single day by sensors, cameras, sonar, and other technologies. Maybe three percent of that information is ever even looked at again. Any other valuable knowledge is essentially lost. … What we are doing through this collaboration is integrating and enhancing this data so that it can be more easily consumed and used by other scientists and the public.”

Through this project WHOI expects to learn important information regarding the current and future health of our oceans. Rensselaer’s data technologies might also help uncover “discoveries on everything from underwater geological activity to the impacts of glacial melting.”

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