[UW IT Connect]: Hacking the ocean’s mysteries

The following is an excerpt from an article published by UW IT Connect: (2018, August 9). Hacking the ocean’s mysteries. Retrieved from https://itconnect.uw.edu/hacking-the-oceans-mysteries/

A vast underwater network of systems and sensors are capturing rich, never-before-accessed data from the mysterious world beneath our oceans.

To build a stronger community of scientists using that data to make new discoveries, oceanographers will convene at the UW for Oceanhackweek, August 20-24, 2018, five intensive days of collaborative investigations and tutorials in modern data analysis tools and techniques.

The hackweek aims to close the gap between the massive amounts of data being continuously streamed to shore and the ability of oceanographers to analyze that data, said Rob Fatland, director of research computing in UW Information Technology and an Oceanhackweek co-organizer. “We’ve become increasingly talented at gathering data,” he said, creating what he calls “a deluge of data.”

Without data science methodologies and computational tools, scientists are at a disadvantage when it comes to making sense of so much data.

Wu-Jung Lee, a research associate at the Applied Physics Lab (APL), faced this same challenge two years ago.

“I could see what I wanted to know, but my skill set was limited,” Lee said.

That changed in 2017, when Lee joined a 10-week Incubator program in the eScience Institute that equipped her with data science techniques and computational tools she needed to quickly sift through acoustic data and make scientific discoveries.

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