Program Update – March 2013

OOI Program UpdateThe Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) program kicked off a series of webinars in March aimed at providing the scientific community with detailed information on the status of the program, with the first session focused on upcoming 2013-2014 deployments and initial sampling configurations.

Tim Cowles, OOI Program Director and Vice President and Director of Ocean Observing at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, conducted the first webinar for over 100 participants on March 19. The discussion focused specifically on the OOI’s 2013 and 2014 deployments of moored and mobile seafloor instruments and platforms and initial sampling configurations for instruments to be deployed at Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska this summer and in the Irminger Sea in summer of 2014. During the web discussion Cowles the lead the discussion with a set of presentation charts outlining the upcoming deployments in detail as well as a detailed deployment schedule.

Visit the OOI Website here to read the full story. The OOI includes four global high latitude sites, two coastal arrays – the Pioneer Array on the East Coast and the Endurance Array on the West Coast, and a cabled array on Juan de Fuca Plate.

The objective of the webinar was to provide some general deployment information and some more specifics on the summer of 2013 events that include the first deployment of a global site at Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska. In addition to mid-summer deployments at Station Papa, the program has phased deployments planned for the Endurance Array and Pioneer Array for early and late fall.

As the program moves into 2014 phase, two deployments will take place for Pioneer and Endurance, and finally in the fall of 2014, final construction will take place at those locations. Cowles noted the global deployment in the Irminger Sea in the summer of 2014 will be the first major opportunity for international coordination of work with partners across the Atlantic. The final two global sites are scheduled for deployment last fall 2014 and early winter 2015 at the Argentine Basin and the Southern Ocean. The construction phase of the program officially ends in 2015.

For more on the OOI Deployment Schedule click HERE. To download a PDF of the recent webinar presentation, click HERE and to view the full presentation with audio, click HERE.

In other recent OOI activities, The OOI’s Cyberinfracstructure team moved into a new facility at the Scripps Institutions of Oceanography at UC San Diego. As one of five implementing organizations of the OOI, the Cyberinfrastructure component is responsible for collecting data from hundreds of sources, coordinating and processing its flow, and making it available to anyone with a computer.

Since being organized in 2007, the OOI Cyberinfrastructure team had been spread around a Calit2 building on the UC San Diego campus. But as of January 2013, the group is now based in the Eckart Building at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The group’s 40 software technicians, programmers, and other computer specialists are developing an integrated ocean network system that will allow the OOI to gather data from over 770 sensors deployed at sea, and to communicate with the devices and deliver new commands. Click here to read the Full Story on the Cyberinfrastructure Team’s move.

See the OOI Website for updates on these milestones and all future program updates. In the months to come the program will host additional webinars. Check back at the website to receive dates on these upcoming discussions.  To provide a comment or ask a question, please click HERE.