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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

A short visit. Upon recovery of a profiler mooring from the Upstream Offshore site (148 m depth), the Pioneer Array Team realized they had a visitor. The octopus rode up on the anchor, a trip that was surely unexpected. After carefully removing the octopus and taking a few photos, the animal was placed back in its natural environment, hopefully no worse for wear after a short visit to the surface.

 

 

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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