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Geoff Cram

Principal Engineer

Email

cramg@apl.washington.edu

Phone

206-685-9164

Department Affiliation

Electronic & Photonic Systems

Education

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1981

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1987

In The News

New lab to give scientists underwater access

KIRO TV, Donna Gordon Blankinship

Scientists are eager for access to information from a quarter-billion dollar lab at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that they hope will teach them about climate change, earthquakes and even the origins of life on Earth and other planets.

19 May 2013

Getting ready for the world's largest underwater observatory

KUOW Radio, Ashley Ahearn

The Regional Cabled Observatory is a $239 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal: to better understand and monitor the depths of the Pacific Ocean — from volcanic eruptions to deep-sea earthquakes that could lead to tsunamis.

17 Apr 2013

Preparing to install the world's largest underwater observatory

UW News and Information, Hannah Hickey

The National Science Foundation in 2009 launched the $239 million effort led by John Delaney, UW professor of oceanography, to create a cabled observatory that will bring power and Internet to the ocean floor. This new concept will use remote-controlled instruments and high-bandwidth video to create an enduring, real-time presence in the deep ocean.

More Info

15 Apr 2013

Researchers in the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory were tasked by Delaney to build and test the equipment that will make up the observatory. Much of that equipment will be installed this summer. This is the biggest project the 70-year-old marine engineering institute has ever undertaken, said project lead Gary Harkins, a principal engineer with the lab.

"This concept of a real-time observatory will change what we do as ocean engineers, what we will learn how to do, and what ocean scientists can do with these systems now and in the future," Harkins said.

The cabled observatory, known as the Regional Scale Nodes project, is part of the national Ocean Observatories Initiative, an effort to integrate U.S. measurements of the ocean and seafloor. Other partners will build coastal and global observing networks, manage the data and conduct educational outreach. The Pacific Northwest observatory will span the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the Washington and Oregon coasts, the likely source of the next large regional earthquake.

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