What Lies Beneath
The crustal plates that lie beneath miles of ocean are in constant movement, shifting imperceptibly every second. But the seismologists who track them have had to rely on an investigative schedule dictated by the calendar, rather than the clock. John Orcutt, deputy director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Calit2 participant, is quoted as saying "now we can create a data grid of sensors that all forward their data to the system... The tricky part is to interact intelligently with the sensors. That’s something that hasn't been done much. We're using it for seismology, but it's applicable to meteorology, oceanography -- all sorts of fields in which you're using instruments remotely."