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Program Management

The OOI is funded by the National Science Foundation and is managed and coordinated by the OOI Program Office at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), in Washington, D.C.  COL is leader, owner, and operator of the OOI and its infrastructure.  Implementing Organizations (IOs), subcontractors to COL, are responsible for construction and development of the different components of the program. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is responsible for the Coastal Pioneer Array and the four Global Arrays, including all associated vehicles. Oregon State University is responsible for the Coastal Endurance Array. The University of Washington is responsible for cabled seafloor systems and moorings. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is implementing the Cyberinfrastructure component, which now includes the education and public engagement software.  The OOI Data Management team is co-located with the Cyberinfrastructure group at Rutgers University.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The OOI is managed by the OOI Project Office at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

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Key COL Personnel

    Greg Ulses, Program Director
    Sue Banahan, Associate Project Manager, Marine Systems
    Leslie Smith, Science Communicator

Cyberinfrastructure: Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is constructing the OOI’s unique Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which now includes the education and public engagement software.  The OOI CI manages and integrates data from all OOI sensors, linking marine infrastructure to scientists and users as well as provides observatory mission command and control, data assessment and distribution, and long-term data management. The OOI Data Management team is co-located with the Cyberinfrastructure group at Rutgers University.

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Key Rutgers Personnel

    Manish Parashar, Cyberinfrastructure Principal Investigator
    Scott Glenn, Science/User Co-Principal Investigator
    Oscar Schofield, Science/User Co-Principal Investigator
    Ivan Rodero, System Engineering Program Manager
    Mike Crowley, Science Program Manager
    Mike Vardaro, Data Manager
    Sage Lichtenwalner, User Support Manager

Pioneer & Global Arrays: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is responsible for the Coastal Pioneer Array and Global Array moorings and their autonomous vehicles. The Coastal Pioneer Array is located off the mid-Atlantic coast. Global Arrays includes four high latitude sites: Irminger Sea off Greenland, Argentine Basin off the coast of Argentina, Southern Ocean at 55°S, 90°W, and Ocean Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska.

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Key WHOI Personnel

    John Trowbridge, Co-Principal Investigator
    Robert Weller, Co-Principal Investigator
    Paul Matthias, Project Manager

Endurance Array: Oregon State University

Oregon State University is responsible for the Coastal Endurance Array moorings and autonomous vehicles. The Coastal Endurance Array is located in the Northeast Pacific.

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Key OSU Personnel

    Ed Dever, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager
    Jack Barth, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Scientist

Cabled Array: University of Washington

The University of Washington is is leading design and construction of the OOI Cabled Array including its cabled seafloor systems and moorings.

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Key UW Personnel

    Brian Ittig, Project Manager
    Deb Kelley, Chief Scientist