The power of estuarine collaboratories

Antonio M. Baptista

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Developing science-based strategies to best balance estuarine use and resilience is critical to a sustainable earth, but is also challenging. To meet the challenge, we created for the Columbia River estuary, in the United States, a distinctive scientific infrastructure that we term 'collaboratory.' We define collaboratory as a networked integration of sensors, platforms, models, data, analyses, and collaboration & social processes, designed to enable diverse communities of practice to interact without geographic, disciplinary or institutional barriers, towards scientific understanding, prediction, operation and sustainability of estuaries and coastal margins. This paper introduces our collaboratory, synthesizes lessons learned, and introduces a vision for possible replication to a global network of estuaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Underwater Technology, UT 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479983001
StatePublished - May 14 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 IEEE Underwater Technology, UT 2015 - Chennai, India
Duration: Feb 23 2015Feb 25 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Underwater Technology, UT 2015


Other2015 IEEE Underwater Technology, UT 2015


  • Columbia River
  • Our Global Estuary
  • estuaries
  • observations
  • predictions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering


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