This month I would like to introduce this issue’s “Deep Blue” profile on field operations. Although we are often recognized for our scientific and engineering work, it is our ability to collect reliable field data that provides the foundation for our success. We offer a variety of field service operations to our clients, under conditions that can be difficult. Doing almost anything in the marine environment is a serious challenge. It demands proficiency, versatility and, frankly, ingenuity. Anyone who works in the ocean knows it is an extraordinarily difficult place to perform even the simplest tasks effectively. The physical conditions of wind, waves, and salt water present challenges, and the destructive power of the ocean makes the continued operation and maintenance of ocean systems problematic. Often, the remote locales in which we work present unique tests.
At Woods Hole Group, we are proud of the members of our field teams. They train, study, and work to the highest safety and quality standards so that we can deliver data to our customers and to our scientists and engineers. That data has to be right the first time, often in real-time, and we can’t afford errors. Not when our customers include NOAA’s real-time PORTS systems on which vessel pilots depend to make safe navigation decisions in the Narragansett, Chesapeake, New York and Delaware Bays. Or, when a drilling platform off the coast of Africa or Indonesia needs to know what is happening below at that precise moment, not days or weeks later. Collecting these data in the water means that we must have both the instruments and the people who know how to use them in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.
We are proud that collecting high quality data in a safe manner is one of the things that we do best. In this issue we dedicate some time to our field teams, those intrepid and skilled team members who spend their entire life in, around, and under the water deploying, servicing, and demobilizing instrumentation for our clients. Whether they are working on oil rigs, ships, small boats, diving, climbing meteorological towers, or even in remote locations in the desert, they work in challenging weather conditions and bring home the data.
We are very proud of these members of the Woods Hole Group organization, including the field staff in our Falmouth, Delaware, Houston, and Saudi offices. And, kudos also go to our other scientists and engineers who routinely spend time in the field to make sure the models and designs work in the real world. We want our clients and partners to share in these congratulations and thanks for a job well done.
Dennis Aubrey, President