FAQs

WHAT ARE SMART CABLES?

SMART cables are a marriage of standard fiber optic telecommunications cables with deep-sea scientific instrument packages. The regenerators (repeaters) of the cables provide a protective housing for the ocean sensors and associated electronics, as well as a source of power. Data from the sensors is conveyed in real time along a dedicated fiber optic pair. In essence, SMART cable sensors “piggyback” on the power and communications infrastructure of a million kilometers of undersea fiber optic cable and thousands of repeaters, creating the potential for seafloor-based global ocean observing at a modest incremental cost.

WHAT SENSORS CAN SMART CABLES HOST?

SMART cables will dramatically improve the sampling rate and spatial resolution of ocean monitoring, which will improve our understanding of ocean circulation, ocean warming, sea level rise, and tsunamis. 

JTF's Science and Implementation Whitepaper provides a comprehensive summary of the contribution that SMART cable data can make to various domains of oceanography.

HOW CAN DATA FROM SMART CABLES IMPROVE OCEAN SCIENCE?

SMART cables will dramatically improve the sampling rate and spatial resolution of ocean monitoring, which will improve our understanding of ocean circulation, ocean warming, sea level rise, and tsunamis. 

JTF's Science and Implementation Whitepaper provides a comprehensive summary of the contribution that SMART cable data can make to various domains of oceanography.

WHO IS THE SMART CABLES JOINT TASK FORCE?

The Joint Task Force is a project of three United Nations agencies (International Telecommunication Union, World Meteorological Organization, and UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) working to bring the SMART cables concept to fruition. JTF brings together experts from across disciplines and around the world.