OOI Status Update: February 12, 2016

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

My name is Greg Ulses, and I’m the newly-appointed Program Director for OOI at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.  I’m very excited about assuming this new role, and I’m very optimistic about OOI and its prospects and potential in 2016 and beyond.  It seems I’m arriving onboard at a very exciting time, marked by both a transition from construction of OOI to full operation, and by some key changes on the way this program will be managed at both the NSF and COL level.  I’m looking forward to working with all of you and diving into the project, and I invite you to dive into the update below, which highlights OOI participation in the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans, and some new technical developments and key administrative and oversight issues.  Take Care, and we’ll see you in the Big Easy!

The OOI team is gearing up for the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Feb. 21-24 in New Orleans, LA.  We look forward to connecting with you all at the conference and have planned a number of informational exchange opportunities. In addition to numerous posters and presentations (schedule to be posted next week!), swing by the OOI booth in the Exhibit Hall (Booth #611) and connect with us at our Town Hall Tuesday.

We are excited to share the live OOI Data Portal with visitors to the booth. Members of the OOI data team will be onsite and ready to answer your questions from 10am-12pm Tuesday and 10am-2:00pm Wednesday and Thursday. Feel free to swing by! If you have a question about a specific platform, instrument, or data product, please send us a note 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.

The OOI will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday Feb. 23 from 12:45-13:45 in room 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.

The OOI Data Team is pushing toward Ocean Sciences to increase the data available through the THREDDS Server for download.  Data available will include 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.

This week, the Ocean Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF/OCE) released an important update on OOI. As part of a previously planned and anticipated series of events connected with the transition of OOI from construction to operations NSF/OCE will carry out a recompetition to manage and operate the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Details below.

The Ocean Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF/OCE) will carry out a recompetition to manage and operate the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI, https://ooi-website.whoi.edu) through an open, merit-based external peer-review process. The forthcoming solicitation is expected to result in award of a five to ten-year Cooperative Agreement (CA) for the management and operation of the OOI.

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