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Expression of opinion
Paquette, R.G. (1965). Expression of opinion, in: Ewing, G.C. (Ed.) Oceanography from Space: Proceedings of Conference on the Feasibility of Conducting Oceanographic Explorations from Aircraft, Manned Orbital and Lunar Laboratories, held at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 24-28 August 1964. pp. 115
In: Ewing, G.C. (Ed.) (1965). Oceanography from Space: Proceedings of Conference on the Feasibility of Conducting Oceanographic Explorations from Aircraft, Manned Orbital and Lunar Laboratories, held at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 24-28 August 1964. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Woods Hole. XXI, 469 pp., more

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Abstract
    1. We know the technological ability exists to do many of the things we want, if we want them badly enough.2. The program will be a waste unless there are oceanographers actively associated with tbe program who want thhe data badly enough to analyze it, interpret it, be sure it has real meaning, and to go through the struggles of communicating with the instrument designer. 3. The probability is high that the first instrumental techniques will be faulty or worse. Here is where interest in the results and devotion to the idea will be a paramount requirement in the oceanographer. There needs to be a mechanism far continual improvement in equipment until satisfactory results are being obtained. There needs to be a communications bridge between oceanographer and instrument designer. 4. You need to go slowly enough to be sure your results are good for something before going on. 5. You must face the economic question: "Does the data justify the cost? " I don't think it does if you don't start using it immediately and keep up with interpretation. Even then it may be too expensive. This isn't really a pessimistic attitude. I would just like to see people think of finding a good. devoted oceanographer to live with any measurement program which is to begin.

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