Program Update – June 2013

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) program in June posted a set of tables on the OOI website that will allow those interested to see detailed descriptions of the instrumentation found throughout the numerous components and locations of the OOI.

Compilation of these tables has been a multi-month project and an easily accessible website section now allows members of the scientific community to navigate and download information on the OOI instruments. Detailed tables are now available for: Endurance Array, Regional Scale Nodes, Irminger Sea, Station Papa, Argentine Basin and Southern Ocean. To go directly to the Instrument Table Portal click here.

The OOI will consist of six arrays with a total of 771 instruments distributed throughout the 38 moorings, 12 Seafloor instrument packages, and 27 mobile assets. The program will continue to upgrade and maintain this website section so that it can be used by members of the scientific community and others as a critical resource to explore the OOI program and all that it will offer for ocean observation study and research.

With this tool, scientists, educators and the public will be able to examine high-level technical drawings of the infrastructure, identify detailed instrument descriptions and see the connection each instrument has to the data products it will provide. The make and model of each instrument is provided, when available.

Also in June, the OOI announced the selection of WET Labs of Philomath, Ore., for the development and construction of uncabled coastal surface-piercing profilers. Oregon State University (OSU), an OOI implementing organization, will administer the contract.

The profiler is an instrumented buoy anchored to the seafloor and able to sample the water column vertically from as deep as 100m depth to the surface. The scientific package includes sensors for physical, chemical, and biological characterization of the near-surface region of coastal oceans. Profilers will be deployed at sites in the OOI Endurance Array off Washington and Oregon and at sites in the OOI Pioneer Array in the mid-Atlantic Bight south of Cape Cod, Mass. Click here to read more on the Wet Labs Uncabled Coastal Surface-Piercing Profilers Contract.

In addition, OSU has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Heavy Lift Spoolers to support the research and field operations of the OOI. Responses to this request for information must be received no later than July 19 in accordance with the submittal instructions contained in the document posted at: https://secure.ous.edu/bid/opportunities/1113. For additional information please contact James Figgins by email at james.figgins@oregonstate.edu, or by telephone at (541) 737-6995.

Looking ahead, a University of Washington (UW) -led team has embarked on the Visions ’13 Cruise in the northeast Pacific Ocean to conduct considerable at-sea work on the cabled observatory component of the OOI.  The OOI regional cabled observatory, often referred to as the OOI’s Regional Scales Node (RSN), is the first United States regional cabled observatory. The observatory is establishing an interactive network of ocean observing sensors, instruments, and moorings connected by a total of 900 kilometers (~ 560 miles) of electro-optical cable.  Please continue to visit the OOI Website  and the UW Interactive Oceans Website and for updates from the Visions ’13 Cruise and other status reports on the OOI.