OOI Status Update: 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Special Edition

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

As you’ll see in this week’s update the entire OOI Project Team is going all out to have some great presentations available for you at next week’s Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans.  If you’re going to be in New Orleans next week I’d encourage you to attend the many OOI-related Town Halls, poster sessions, and presentations, and don’t forget to swing by the OOI booth (#611)!  We’ll be ready and waiting for you.  I’m excited about the array of presentations and talented speakers we have on tap for next week, and I’m confident that everyone who is able to spend some time with the team and attend the briefs will come away with a much clearer picture of where our program is at, and where it’s headed.  I’m also confident that you’ll come away from Ocean Sciences sharing some of the optimism I have about the exciting potential and promise of OOI as we move ahead into operations and data delivery this year.  The update below will provide you some details on what’s on tap for Ocean Sciences, and other highlights.  See you next week!


2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Activities

OOI Town Hall

Tuesday, February 23, 2016: 12:45 – 1:45 PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Rm. 220-221

Join the OOI Program Director, Greg Ulses, the OOI Scientific Oversight Committee, and the National Science Foundation to discuss the newly commission OOI.  Topics to be discussed include: array configuration, data access and availability, case studies of data use, and upcoming plans for the next calendar year.  There will also be time for a question and answer period. Light snacks will be provided.

Chat with the OOI Data Team

We are excited to share the live OOI Data Portal with visitors to the Booth (#611). Members of the OOI data team will be onsite and ready to answer your questions from 10am-12pm Tuesday and 10am-2pm Wednesday and Thursday. Feel free to swing by! If you have a question about a specific platform, instrument, or data product, please send a note to the HelpDesk ahead of time so we can schedule an appointment for you with a member of the team who has the most experience in that specific area.  Please include the topics you would like to discuss as well as a list of potential dates/times in which you are available during Exhibit Hall hours. The Exhibit Hall is open from 9:30-6:00 Tuesday through Thursday.

OOI Presentations

Monday, February 22, 2016:  8:00-10:00 AM – Room: RO1

Session OD11A: Ocean Observatory Science: Unprecedented Access to the Sea I

8:00-8:15 AM

    • Transforming Ocean Sciences in the Northeast Pacific: NSF’s Ocean Observatories Initiative Cabled Array is Now Operational.  OD11A-01: D. Kelley

8:15-8:30 AM

    • The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Data, Data and More Data.


    • OD11A-02: M. Crowley, et al.

8:30-8:45 AM

    • A First: Detailed Tracking of an Erupting Undersea Volcano and its Impacts on the Overlying Ocean via a Submarine Electro-Optical Sensor Network.        OD11A-03: J. Delaney

9:00-9:15 AM

    The Ocean Observatories Initiative Data Management and QA/QC: Lessons Learned and the Path Ahead.  OD11A-05: M. Vardaro, et al.

OOI Posters

Monday, February 22, 2016: 4:00-6:00 PM – Poster Hall

Poster #2291

    •   A Cabled, High Bandwidth Instrument Platform for Continuous Scanning of the Upper Ocean Water Column.  E. McRae, et al.

Poster #2394

    •   The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Data Access and Visualization via the Graphical User Interface.  L. Garzio, et al.

Poster #2395

    •   Quality Assurance of Real-Time Oceanographic Data from the Cabled Array of the OOI.  O. Kawka, et al.

Poster #2396

    •   The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Data Acquisition Functions and Its Built-In Automated Python Modules.  M. Smith, et al.

Poster #2397

    •   The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Unprecedented access to real-time data streaming from the Cabled Array through OOI Cyberinfrastructure.  F. Knuth, et al.

Poster #2399

    •   The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Data pre-Processing: Diagnostic Tools to Prepare Data for QA/QC Processing.  L. Belabbassi, et al.

Poster #2423

      Modular Seafloor and Water Column Systems for the Ocean Observatories Initiative Cabled Array.  D. Manalang, et al.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016: 4:00-6:00 PM – Poster Hall

Poster #2455

      Operationalizing Surface Piercing Profilers.  J. Fram, et al.

Thursday, February 25, 2016: 4:00-6:00 PM – Poster Hall

Poster #1728

      The OOI Ocean Education Portal: Enabling the Development of Online Data Investigations.  C. Lichtenwalner, et al.

Click here for further details on the OOI-related talks and posters.


Current OOI Data Availability

The OOI Data Team is pushing toward Ocean Sciences to increase the data available through the THREDDS Server for download.  Data available includes several comprehensive data sets for individual gliders, moorings, and profilers, as well as a selection of Essential Ocean Variables.

All the data ingested into OOINet continues to be available for plotting in the OOI Data Portal.  Please note that ingestion is an early step in the full data flow process and these data have not yet gone through the quality control process. To view what has been ingested, click here to access the operator status tool.

Historical cruise data are also available for download from the OOI website.

An additional feature available on the OOI Data Portal is HD video streaming from a hydrothermal vent site on the Axial Seamount. Live video streams of the actively venting chimney are provided periodically throughout the day during the hours of 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, and 10:00 ET & PT, for a duration of 14 minutes.

We continue to provide interim delivery of the Cabled Array seismometer and bottom pressure data through IRIS http://www.iris.edu/hq/.  Delivery of Cabled Array tilt meter and co-located temperature plots continue through Dr. Bill Chadwick’s website.