OOI Status Update: March 5, 2016

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

This week’s report will highlight the great work done by our CI and Data Teams, and provide you all with a sense what’s coming online and available for you on the data portal.  I came away from a week at the Ocean Sciences Meeting with a great, positive vibe about OOI and it’s growing potential to enable some great research.  As the data portal becomes more robust and more data becomes available the most important thing we need from you, the OOI community, is your feedback!  Get on the portal, kick the tires, and let us know what we can be doing better.  (And, of course, feel free to let us know what we’re doing well!).  In coming weeks we’ll be posting regular updates on both the status of the data portal and the future schedule for making all OOI data available and enabling the remainder of the OOI Cyberinfrastructure.  Keep checking in for details.


2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Recap

Last week, members from across the OOI Team converged at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans, LA to connect with the scientific community through data conferences at the booth, a town hall, and numerous posters and presentations.

The OOI Data Team and User Interface designers were available at the booth throughout the conference running a live demo of the OOI Data Portal on the big screen. Additionally, live broadcasts of the HD video camera from the hydrothermal vent at the ASHES site on the Axial Caldera were shown. If you missed the viewings at the booth, you can still catch live streams every day during the hours of 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, and 10:00 ET & PT, for a duration of 14 minutes ONLINE.

“It was great to meet so many students and young faculty members at the booth. Their excitement was infectious. You could see their wheels spinning about how they might use the OOI in their own research,” reflected Leslie Smith, OOI Director of Communications. “The OOI is designed to be in the water for decades, making it a resource this next generation of oceanographers can use throughout their careers.”

The OOI Town Hall took place on Tuesday during the lunch break with approximately 80 attendees. The Town Hall begin with a summary presentation by the OOI Scientific Oversight Committee and representatives from the OOI Cyberinfrastructure team. After the presentation, the Town Hall was opened up to questions from the audience addressed to a panel made up of the presenters as well as the OOI Director and representatives from the National Science Foundation. Download a copy of the presentation here.

Various aspects of the OOI, from data quality control to the cabled shallow profiler were discussed throughout conference through four presentations and nine posters by members of the OOI team. Click here to download PDFs.


Staff Consultations

Thank you to all who attended the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes Webinar yesterday. For those of you who were not able to attend, the presentation is available for download.


Current OOI Data Availability

NEW DATA FEATURES – Streaming data from OOI cabled assets (Cabled and Endurance Array) now be viewed online through the Data Portal plotting feature. Check it out here.  Large format data sets, including HD video files from ASHES are available for download through an OPeNDAP server.

Data sets continue to be downloadable through the THREDDS Server and are now organized by array.  The Data Team worked to increase the number of datasets available for the Ocean Sciences meeting last week.  Data are currently available for all arrays and 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 available for download from the OOI website.  And 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.