Enabling Collaboration: GOCEPT Expedition Planning Tool

“The challenges confronting global decision-makers are growing in complexity, intensity and urgency. Addressing such issues requires cross-border cooperation and pooled resources. Multi-user facilities enable important scientific discoveries by maximizing resources at a time when many countries face economic constraints.”

From “Global Challenges Need Global Solutions”, Nature, 2012, Subra Suresh, Ph.D., President, Carnegie Mellon University; former Director, National Science Foundation

Maximizing Scientific Output

GOCEPT-2_Side-BorderProductively integrating Global Oceans’ MARV platform with a diverse, international scientific community on a shared-resource basis requires a mechanism for collaborative communication and research expedition planning. The Global Oceans Collaborative Expedition Planning Tool (GOCEPT) was designed in collaboration with the Marine Science Institute (MSI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to deliver a web-based platform that scientists worldwide can use to share research plans and resource needs with the Global Oceans team and other expedition participants.

With GOCEPT online, scientists can document their research parameters and communicate within secure project modules — geographic coordinates; sampling protocols; instrumentation requirements; laboratory space and technical support needs; operational and data support; and science team personnel.

Users can create user-defined forums; explore opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, to share equipment and resources; and model alternative cruise tracks and shipboard activities. GOCEPT’s graphics-integrated algorithms will associate aggregated project parameters and proposed cruise tracks with cost and scheduling factors for the Global Oceans team to use in developing final expedition plans for review by expedition scientists.

GOCEPT-3Fundamentally, GOCEPT’s function is to logistically maximize output of scientific work conducted on shared platforms. Once a collaborative expedition and contingency plan is established, mobilization and logistics at port will be handled by the Global Oceans operational team and its supply partners.

Once at sea, scientific work will be scheduled and managed to plan with a combination of ship-scientist liaison personnel from Global Oceans working with a traditional chief scientist role assigned for each expedition.

The screen shots on this page illustrate some of GOCEPT’s map-based functionality including use of graphic elements (lines, points, and polygons) associated with specific activities; GIS map layers (seafloor bathymetry, global distribution of coral reefs, etc.); a project module description for a Coral Sea expedition; and a planned transect from GOCEPT’s survey mode (bottom).