OOI Monthly Update – April 2016

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

Welcome to another edition of our OOI Monthly Newsletter. In this edition we’re going to continue to highlight the great work being done by the OOI CI and Data Teams. As I’ve discussed in previous newsletters our primary focus remains completing the roll out of the full data delivery capability of our OOI Cyber Infrastructure (CI). However, even as that work continues more data is continually coming on line and being made available through the OOI data portal. In this issue you’ll find another detailed update of current data availability. We’ll be continually adding accessible data to the portal until we complete the development of the final CI data delivery baseline in late May.

Speaking of data delivery, I’d like to call out special attention to our first featured news article which highlights an early and major “win” for the Data and CI Teams: the release of raw OOI data through the data portal. This critical capability has been much in demand from our user community, and we’ve already seen a strong and steady pull of raw data since our team made it available in April. Get on the data portal and have a look!

You’ll also see in this month’s newsletter that May will mark the start of the annual “cruise season” for OOI, when our Implementing Organizations head to sea to replace OOI instruments as a regular part of life cycle management. One constant in OOI is that every team involved will always stay busy!

Thanks everyone, for your continued interest in OOI. Please continue to use our data portal, and keep the great feedback coming in to the HelpDesk. Your ongoing inputs are critical for us to identify and correct errors and make continual improvements to the data portal and other areas on the OOI website. Stay with us, and stay engaged.


Featured News

Raw Data Now Available for Download
Raw Data Access for all OOI Arrays is now available from the OOI Website, and can be accessed here. Further details and file organization structure information can be found on the OOI website.

Welcome Aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong

Welcome the newest member of the nation’s research vessel fleet, the R/V Neil Armstrong! Christened after the legendary explorer Neil Armstrong, the new ship will seek to follow his legacy of exploration and scientific discovery.

The OOI was excited to be amongst the first to use this vessel as the R/V Armstrong recovered two OOI Moorings during its “Science Verification III (SVC III)” Cruise from Virginia to Woods Hole, MA. These moorings were the Coastal Pioneer Array Central Surface Mooring and Upstream Inshore Profiler Mooring located on the continental shelf south of Martha’s Vineyard.


Live Video from Axial Seamount

Every 3-hours from 250 miles off the Oregon coast, and 1 mile underwater, HD video streams in live over the Internet through the OOI’s Cabled Array in situ camera system. Live video streams of a ~14 ft tall, actively venting hydrothermal vent occur during the hours of 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, and 11:00 ET & PT day and night, for a duration of 14 minutes.

–Check it out!–

Current OOI Data Availability

Streaming data from OOI cabled assets (Cabled and Endurance Array) can now be viewed online, in near-real time, through the Data Portal plotting feature. 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. Asynchronous downloads of NetCDF files have also been enabled on the OOI Data Portal.

On the OOI Website, links can be found to download raw data sets through an online repository. Please note that in the coming weeks, as we continue to update our raw data delivery mechanisms, these OPeNDAP links may change. Additionally, data sets continue to be downloadable through the THREDDS Server and are now organized by array. Data are currently available for all arrays and include several comprehensive data sets for individual gliders, moorings, and profilers. Live Video from Axial Seamount can be viewed online every 3-hours and previously recorded videos can be downloaded from the archive.

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.

Upcoming Deployments

EA_Mooring_Truck_266x200Endurance Array maintenance cruise will depart Newport OR May 5th on the R/V Thomas Thompson. This deployment is part of the twice-per-year maintenance cruises to turn around the coastal arrays off Newport, Oregon, and Grays Harbor, Washington. To get to the coast from Corvallis, the moorings head down the 101, catching a ride on a tractor trailer.>

Pioneer Array 6 Cruise on the R/V Neil Armstrong will depart Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on May 12 for a recovery/turn of OOI moorings and gliders.