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What is OOI?

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a science-driven ocean observing network that delivers real-time data from more than 800 instruments to address critical science questions regarding the world’s oceans. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation to encourage scientific investigation, OOI data are freely available online to anyone with an Internet connection. 

Global Station Papa Array Regional Cabled Array Coastal Endurance Array Global Southern Ocean Array Global Irminger Sea Array Coastal Pioneer Array Global Argentine Basin Array

The OOI has three major observatory elements linked together by instrument, infrastructure, and an information management system.

  • Global Ocean Arrays
  • Regional Cabled Arrays
  • Coastal Arrays

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Image of the week

Buoy silhouette. An OOI Coastal Surface Mooring is a silhouette against the sunset in preparation for later deployment. The dark panel in the lower right serves as a mount for solar panels and as a wind vane to keep the "bow" oriented into the wind. The "fingers" sticking out on the upper right are the sensing elements of a sonic anemometer.

 

 

Credit:Rebecca Travis©WHOI

OOI brings data to your doorstep, without ever having to go to sea. Opportunities exist to customize its data, by adding instruments or platforms to the existing infrastructure, proposing additional sampling, participating in cruises, or simply exploring real-time data to answer scientific questions.  Explore the ways you can participate in the OOI.

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