Upgrading the HiSeasNet Ship-to-Shore Satellite Network

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Steven Foley1, Jon C Meyer1, John A Orcutt2 and Jonathan Berger3, (1)Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, (2)University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States, (3)Univ California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
HiSeasNet, a satellite network connecting research vessels in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) to the Internet, has been operating for nearly 13 years. Its much-needed 2014 expansion and modernization will provide a 4-fold increase in bandwidth per ship on a regular basis, increase the capacity for short-term bandwidth expansions, and make link management easier and more flexible. With the new equipment being installed, scientists on board UNOLS vessels can exchange significantly larger data sets with colleagues on shore, expand their outreach programs with live HD videoconference operations, and stream field observations in real-time. Current reliability is high and should be increased by the modernization.