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 Program 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.
Key COL Personnel
- Chris Rutherford, Program Director
Sue Banahan, Associate Program Manager, Marine Systems
Leslie Smith, Science Communicator
Jessica Jalali, Program Support
Victoria Shek, Business Operations
Patrick Donahue, Contracts and Compliance
Yin Yin, Comptroller
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.
- Peggy Brennan, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brian Ittig, Project Manager
Deb Kelley, Chief Scientist