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Oregon Slope Base Seafloor (RS01SLBS)

The Oregon Slope Base Seafloor site is located adjacent to the continental slope off the coast of Oregon at a water depth of ~2,900 meters. The site contains a Medium-Power JBox (MJ01A) and a Low-Power JBox (LJ01A). Here, ocean water properties are profoundly impacted by the California Current, and perhaps internal waves. The coastal region of the Pacific Northwest is a classic wind-driven upwelling system where nutrient-rich deep waters rise to replace warmer surface waters. The result is a large increase in marine productivity that ranges from phytoplankton to fish to marine mammals. Near bottom fauna are periodically negatively impacted by the flow of deep waters with very low oxygen concentrations (hypoxia events), and upwelling of corrosive, acidified waters onto the continental shelf. This area is also just outboard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which experienced a >9M earthquake January 26, 1700 and which is now characterized by episodic tremors (slow earthquakes).

As with other JBoxes, these rests on the seafloor, contain geophysical and near seafloor water column instrumentation, and are attached to a fiber-optic cable. The fiber-optic cable provides the JBoxes with a significant power and 1 Gb communication bandwidth that provides two-way communication to instruments for their operation and transmission of data to shore.  This seafloor site is also co-located with a Deep and Shallow Profiler Mooring, that collect complementary water column data.

When coupled with other Cabled Array and Endurance Array installations off the central Oregon coast, the Slope Base infrastructure provides a wide variety of opportunities for observing seismic and coastal phenomena, including cross-shelf and along-shelf variability.

Site Diagram

Water Depth
2,901 meters

Site Location
44.5153°N, 125.3898°W


This site includes following instruments. To learn more about an instrument type, select its name on the left. To see the relevant data streams for a particular instrument, select the instrument code in the first column which will take you to the OOI Data Portal.

Instrument Depth Node Instrument Series Make & Model
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-09-HYDBBA102 2,905m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) Broadband Acoustic Receiver (Hydrophone) (HYDBBA) Ocean Sonics - icListen HF
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-10-ADCPTE101 2,905m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) Velocity Profiler (150kHz) (ADCPTE) Teledyne RDI - Workhorse Quartermaster Monitor 150kHz
RS01SLBS-MJ01A-12-VEL3DB101 2,906m Medium-Power JBox (MJ01A) 3-D Single Point Velocity Meter (VEL3DB) Nobska - MAVS-4
RS01SLBS-MJ01A-05-OBSBBA102 2,906m Medium-Power JBox (MJ01A) Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBSBBA) Guralp - CMG-1T/5T
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-05-HPIESA101 2,906m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) Horizontal Electric Field, Pressure and Inverted Echo Sounder (HPIESA) Sanford, UW - cabled HPIES
RS01SLBS-MJ01A-05-HYDLFA101 2,906m Medium-Power JBox (MJ01A) Low Frequency Acoustic Receiver (Hydrophone) (HYDLFA) HTI - 90-U
RS01SLBS-MJ01A-06-PRESTA101 2,906m Medium-Power JBox (MJ01A) Tidal Seafloor Pressure (PRESTA) Sea-Bird - SBE 54
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-12-CTDPFB101 2,924m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) CTD (CTDPFB) Sea-Bird - SBE 16plusV2
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-12-DOSTAD101 2,924m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) Dissolved Oxygen (DOSTAD) Aanderaa - Optode 4831
RS01SLBS-LJ01A-11-OPTAAC103 2,924m Low-Power JBox (LJ01A) Spectrophotometer (OPTAAC) WET Labs - AC-S Deep