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Networking Systems for a Sustained Presence in the Ocean

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    The problem of developing a sustained presence in the ocean is discussed, with special emphasis on networked vehicle systems. This is done in light of the recent technological developments and trends. First, we discuss illustrative examples of developments from the Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologias Subaquáticas (LSTS) from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto. Second, we show how networked vehicle systems have the potential to revolutionize oceanographic studies. Third, we discuss how, in spite of the technological and scientific advances, we are still far from being able to design and deploy networked vehicle systems in a systematic manner, and within an appropriate scientific and societal framework. Fourth, we call for interdisciplinary research and for experimentation and testing. However, this cannot be done without a long term sustainable development program; sustainable development cannot be achieved without a market orientation. The question is how to reconcile apparently irreconcilable goals, such as fundamental understanding and market orientation, especially in an environment where traditional knowledge institutions, such as universities, are now struggling to cope with the challenges of translating knowledge into action? Finally, we advocate the development of a national strategy which should be tightly aligned with international trends and strategies. Shared national challenges should help to bridge the islands of science and technology scattered around Portuguese universities and institutions

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    Paper provided by CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve in its series Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers with number 2011-16.

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    Length: 12 pages
    Date of creation: 30 Nov 2011
    Handle: RePEc:ris:cieodp:2011_016
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