On February 12th, an OOI Team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, set sail from Punta Arenas, Chile on the R/V Atlantis on a 21 day cruise to deploy infrastructure at the Southern Ocean array. The goal of the cruise is to install one global surface mooring, one global profiler mooring, two flanking moorings, and a glider.
On February 18th with winds at 20 knots (23 mph), an improvement from previous days, the OOI team dropped anchor for the most southerly Surface Mooring established as a sustained ocean observing platform. Full story here.
Once the Southern Ocean deployment is complete, the team will return to port at Punta Arenas to change out the crew and load equipment for deployment at the OOI’s second Southern Hemisphere site, located in the Argentine Basin. The deployment cruise for the Argentine Basin is set to depart March 8.
Also this month, Rutgers announced their selection of Michael Vardaro as the OOI Data Manager. The OOI Data Manager will work with the Cyberinfrastructure (CI) team on the design, operation and optimization of the data management infrastructure and processes. They will play a key role monitoring and evaluating data quality to create quality controlled data streams for the OOI user community. The Data Manager, housed at Rutgers University, will also manage a team of Data Evaluators. Full story here.