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The Ocean Observatories Initiative

Transforming ocean research through one integrated observing system

The OOI has transformed research of the oceans by establishing a network of interactive, globally distributed sensors with near real-time data access, enhancing our capabilities to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling.

The design of the OOI enables multiple scales of marine observations integrated into one observing system via common design elements and overarching, interactive Cyberinfrastructure Technology. The coastal assets of the OOI expand existing observations off both U.S. coasts, creating focused, configurable observing regions. Cabled observing platforms ‘wire’ a single region in the Northeast Pacific Ocean with a high speed optical and high power grid. And the global component addresses planetary-scale changes via moored open-ocean buoys linked to shore via satellite.