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Observation and Sampling Approach

The OOI sampling strategies are contained in the OOI Observation and Sampling Approach document (#1102-00200).


The purpose of this document is to define how the OOI operates the various in situ sensing elements of the system (sensors and mobile platforms) to ensure the collection of temporally and spatially optimal data and samples that address the overarching science goals of the program. It has two purposes: 1) to guide program personnel involved with the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the observatory, and 2) to inform potential users about how observations are routinely collected.

This document has a deliberate “temporal maturity” component. Early releases help the software developers understand the “higher level” aspects of sampling, and operational planners implement the procedures required for the deployment, testing, validation, and acceptance of the instruments/platforms/arrays. Later releases will focus on defining the optimal, sustainable sampling rates for scientific discovery. The tables contained in the document are evolutionary in nature and can be modified through the change control process prior to deployment and periodically during operations.

Recommended changes to this document from the external community should be sent to the OOI Help Desk, at