Program Update – April 2013

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) program in April continued efforts to update the scientific community on program status and upcoming milestone events and plan for the next in a series of informative webinars this spring.

A new feature piece posted to the OOI Website in April details accomplishments completed across the program in 2012, including completion of numerous critical design reviews and tests to prepare for planned deployments this summer and fall. That update article also provides the latest information on the OOI cyberinfrastructure software release plans and education and public engagement activities. Click here to view the OOI Milestones of 2012 article.

Also last month, the program posted expanded information and detailed instrument tables for the Endurance Array, Irminger Sea, Station Papa and Pioneer Array. Click on each name to go directly to those tables. Tables will be upgraded routinely to reflect the latest available information.

Meanwhile the Program is preparing for the next in a series of webinars to provide the community with detailed information on upcoming deployments of the cabled arrays. Please check back on the OOI website for the date and time and how to participate in this event. To date the program has deployed 880 kilometers of fiber optic cable for the cabled component of the observatory on the Juan de Fuca Plate. Primary nodes were also installed at that site last year in anticipation of seafloor instrumentation that will be installed in summer 2013. The next planned webinar will provide more details specifically on instrumentation at this location.

The first of the OOI webinars held in March focused on the 2013-2014 deployments and sampling strategies. Click here to listen to an audio clip and read more about the OOI Webinar on 2013-14 Deployments and Initial Sampling Strategies presented by Tim Cowles, OOI Program Director and Vice President of Ocean Observing at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

In other news across the program last month, John Delaney. Director and Principal Investigator of the OOI Regional Scale Nodes and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington, took part in an innovative marine science public literacy event in Brussels.  The Longest River, which involves the arts, music and marine sciences, was held April 29 in association with the Marine Institute and sponsored by Culture Ireland.

Delaney gave a presentation on the science of our oceans and deep seas that support life.  A unique fusion of poetry, photography and rarely filmed marine environments were included to reveal the importance the ocean and its impact on daily lives. In addition, video footage of the hydrothermal vents discovered by an Irish led expedition on the RV Celtic Explorer in July 2011, in the middle of the Atlantic north of the Azores, was shown illustrating the value of collaborating across national borders in order to extend Ireland’s engagement with the global oceans.