Program Update – March 2011

OOI Program UpdateThe Ocean Observatories Initiative has made substantial progress over the past few months. The Implementing Organizations and the Program Office have reached full staffing levels, representing more than a tripling of OOI staff since October 2009.  This remarkable growth in personnel across the program has translated into improved progress toward our construction milestones, including the development of an inshore mooring for deployment and testing off the Oregon coast (March 2011) and additional moorings to be deployed and tested in the North Atlantic (September 2011).

There also has been significant progress toward the installation of undersea cable over the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate during the summer of 2011, with the preparation of the cable landing at Pacific City, Oregon, and several successful tests of the cabling components.  Click here for a photo tour and more information on progress at the Pacific City site.

The OOI Cyberinfrastructure team will complete “Release 1” of the software architecture by early summer 2011, allowing testing of the foundational capabilities of the data distribution system for the OOI.   We have completed competitive solicitations for several platforms and instruments, and more Requests for Proposals for instrument systems will be released in the next several weeks.

Major upcoming events include an external review of the Construction as well as Operations and Maintenance, to be held at Woods Hole May 16-20, 2011.

We hope you’ll find this OOI new website is easier to navigate and will provide improved access to project information. Please revisit these pages as well as our News and Events section for periodic progress reports.


Tim Cowles
Program Director, Ocean Observing