The NSF-funded OOI program is designed to provide 25-30 years of sustained ocean measurements that have never before been possible. The OOI can foster new discoveries that will, in turn, move research in unforeseen directions.
Anyone with an internet connection will be able to freely access OOI data. The OOI will put real time ocean observing data in the hands of a vast user community of oceanographers, scientists and researchers, educators and the public.
The OOI is an integrated infrastructure of science-driven platforms and sensor systems. It was designed with input from the oceanographic community and is being constructed for the use of the oceanographic community. The OOI team merely wears the hard hats in the operation.
We are excited to share with our user communities several ways that they can be involved in the program – Webinars, Community Events, Workshops, Prospective Vendors.
The OOI is currently hosting a series of webinars about upcoming deployments and how to utilize the data as it becomes available.
The first webinar was on March 19, 2013 and focused on the upcoming 2013 and 2014 Global Deployments. For more information on the Webinar and to view the presentation click here. For more information on the Webinar Q&A click here.
The OOI has engaged the scientific community as well as the public through various community events both put on by the OOI as well as events at which OOI scientists were present.
September 2013 – OCEANS 2013 MTS/IEEE Conference, San Diego, CA
September 2013 – Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair, Dulles, VA
December 2013 – American Geophysical Union Conference, San Francisco, CA
February 2014 – Ocean Sciences, Honolulu, HI
June 2013 – Teaching Oceanography Workshop, San Francisco, CA
April 2013 – The Longest River, Brussels, Belgium
March 2013 – Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative National Conference, Bethesda, MD
December 2012 – American Geophysical Union Conference, San Francisco, CA
October 2012 – MTS/IEEE Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
September 2012 – San Francisco Exploratorium Event, San Francisco, CA
July 2012 – Commercial Marine Expo, New Bedford, MA
April 2012 – US Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, DC
April 2012 – Elementary School Student Presentation, Washington, DC
February 2012 – Ocean Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT
December 2011 – American Geophysical Union Conference, San Francisco, CA
December 2011 – Exploration Station Event, San Francisco, CA
October 2011 – R/V Endeavor 500th Cruise, Narragansett, RI
September 2011 – Pioneering New Ocean Science Frontiers, New Bedford, MA
July 2011 – Cable Landing Public Event, Pacific City, OR
Please check on the OOI website for news on upcoming OOI events.
From the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences newsletter (11/30/12):
NSF is encouraging interested individuals see and groups to propose and participate in science workshops centered around different components of OOI (see the Pioneer Array workshop report as an example). Individuals/groups interested in submitting research proposals to NSF should contact their programs officer(s) for information about the timing and process.
During the design and construction phases, the OOI held several workshops to gain insight from the scientific community:
October 2011 – OOI Regional Scale Nodes Science Workshop (NSF Funded)
February 2011 – Pioneer Array Science Workshop (NSF Funded)
April 2010 – OOI Science Workshop
November 2009 – OOI Science Workshop
March 2009 – OOI Sensor Workshop (Consortium for Ocean Leadership Funded)
March 2006 – Design and Implementation Workshop
December 2003 – Coastal Observatory Research Arrays
October 2003 – Regional Cabled Observatory Network (of Networks) (RECONN)
April 2003 – NEPTUNE PNW Workshop, 2003
August 2000 – DEOS Moored Buoy Observatory Design Study
October 1998 – Coastal Ocean Processes Report
The contributions of many outside vendors will be necessary in order to complete this large, ambitious Ocean research facility. All interested parties are encouraged to review Requests for Proposals related to the OOI project as they become publicly available, and to identify opportunities that they wish to bid on.
Will there be opportunities for researchers to manipulate the sampling regime of fixed and mobile assets at the arrays?
The anticipated approach of altering the configuration after OOI commissioning in 2015 is as follows:
The researcher will propose (to NSF, not to the OOI) a new configuration such as a new instrument, different sampling strategy, or specific mission profile for mobile assets, after technical Q&A with OOI engineers, and budget guidance from OOI documents and website.
If the NSF proposal review is successful, then additional technical assessment (power balancing, buoyancy, connectors, etc.) may be needed before scheduling. This process would be similar to UNOLS ship time requests.
When the scheduled work is ready to be implemented, the OOI operations team will establish the researcher’s ‘configuration’ of that segment of the observatory, and assist the researcher in sustaining the approved work during the scheduled interval.
What can we as a community do to help facilitate OOI-enabled research?
From the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences newsletter (11/30/12):
NSF is encouraging interested individuals and groups to propose and participate in science workshops centered around different components of OOI (see the Pioneer Array workshop report as an example). Individuals/groups interested in submitting research proposals to NSF should contact their programs officer(s) for information about the timing and process.
What opportunities/constraints will there be for researchers to add new infrastructure to the OOI?
From the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences Newsletter (11/30/12):
In 2014, NSF expects the project to achieve certain milestones that will allow NSF to communicate a process to the community for proposals that add instruments or infrastructure to the current OOI configuration.
How can PI’s learn about specifications and requirements to ensure compatibility with OOI Infrastructure for project specific (non-core) instruments of sensors?
As we work toward finalizing the proposal process it will become clearer exactly how non-core instruments will be integrated into the arrays and what specifications will be required of these instruments. As instrument specification information becomes available, we will post updates on the OOI website and newsletter.
What are the expansion capabilities of the OOI?
On nearly all OOI platforms, there will be additional ports, power, space, and bandwidth to accommodate additional sensors beyond OOI’s core sensor suite. The OOI will provide infrastructure capable of supporting future additional nodes on the cabled array on Juan de Fuca plate (should funding become available).
What is the timeframe for RFPs for future locations of the coastal Pioneer Array? Can the Pioneer Array go anywhere when the time comes to move it?
The Pioneer Array is a movable coastal array consisting of gliders, AUVs and moorings with surface buoys, benthic nodes, and water column profilers with an expected deployment of about five years at each location. It is expected that NSF will release an RFP approximately year 2017 for its next location. The Pioneer Array can be relocated to any coastal region of the United States.