OOI Monthly Update – July 2016

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

I’d like to take some time this month to highlight two current focus areas for the program, and also to put in a “plug” for our upcoming Community Workshop in September.

The fact that you’re reading this newsletter means you’ve accessed the OOI website. You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been experiencing some delays delivering the expanded suite of data delivery and display tools and the improved User Interface (UI) we’d planned to bring on line in June. Frankly, the size, scale, and complexity of the new capabilities we’re bringing on line posed some unexpected challenges to both our software engineers and our data team. However, we do now have the new capabilities under active and focused evaluation by a select group of evaluators, and we’re confident that we’ll be able to make them available to the community this month. On a personal note, I’m confident that it will be worth the wait. I’ve done some “beta testing” of our new and improved tools myself, and they’re very impressive.

In the meantime, please continue to make use of the fully functional UI and data display and delivery capabilities we do have online and available. Our data download statistics remain robust – particularly for raw data. And, the data team remains hard at work, continually coming bringing more data to you through the OOI data portal.

In this month’s newsletter you’ll be able to learn a great deal about the many turn cruises we have underway this summer. We’ve recently completed our cruise to Global Station Papa, and cruises to our Global Irminger Sea Array and the Cabled Array are ongoing. Read all about it! Our teams have been hard at work at sea this summer, and cruises will continue into and through this Fall.

Finally, I’d like to encourage any of you who can to join us for an upcoming OOI Community Workshop planned for late September in Portland, OR. We’ll be gathering together an impressive array of OOI project scientists and data team members and making them available to brief you on the latest OOI capabilities and future plans, and to address your concerns and answer your questions. You’ll find details for registration in the newsletter.

I encourage all of our many users to try out our website and data portal and, as always, to 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.


Feature News

OOI Community Workshop – Sept. 2016 – SIGN UP TODAY!!

OOI Community Workshop: Cabled, Endurance, and Station Papa
Date: September 27-29, 2016
Location: University Place Hotel and Conference Center in Portland, OR
The UNOLS Ocean Observing Science Committee (OOSC) along with OOI’s Science Oversight Committee (SOC) are organizing a workshop that will focus on current and future science addressed by the extensive OOI infrastructure in the Northeast Pacific. This includes the OOI Cabled, Endurance, and Station Papa Arrays.

Deadline for applications is TODAY, August 1, 2016.

OOI Data Now Available from NANOOS

Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) is now serving OOI data on their NANOOS Visualization System (NVS). Data from the OOI Coastal Endurance OR and WA Line Surface Moorings can now be viewed along side other sources including NANOOS, NSF CMOP, NOAA NDBC, and CDIP.

This effort marks the beginning of the larger effort to integrate OOI data into existing public data repositories to increase user access to these data and further facilitate interdisciplinary research by putting the OOI infrastructure in the context of other data available in the area. Stay tuned as we continue to reach out to organizations, like IOOS, to cross post our data!

OOI Webinar Recordings

Did you miss one of our webinars last month? Or just want to watch it again? Videos of both webinars are posted on the OOI website.
Cabled Array Webinar – June 24th – Watch the video.
Coastal/Global Array Webinar – July 7th – Watch the video and download the powerpoint.

Webpage Highlight – Community Resources Page

At the OOI, our goal is to engage the community and provide a vast resource for the scientific community. To that end, we have created a Community Resources page to highlight groups, events, and datasets that are utilizing and sharing resources and tools to help others engage with the OOI. Check it out!

Are you doing something cool with OOI data that you would like to share? Don’t see your event or resource listed? Let us know! Contact the HelpDesk and we will add your relevant Community Resources to the website. Thanks!

Cyberinfrastructure/Data Update

July was a big month for data downloads from the OOI. The OOI Data Portal had almost 1,700 visits with 5.3 GB of data downloaded. From the THREDDS server, 10.1 GB were downloaded from 344 visits. And a whopping 2.2 Terabytes of data were downloaded from 1,250 visits to the Raw Data Files Service. Data continues to be available from multiple sources, all accessible through the OOI Data page.

Maintenance Cruises

Cabled Array Visions ’16 Cruise departed July 10th on a 38 day expedition aboard the R/V Sikuliaq. During the cruise, the OOI team from the University of Washington will recover and reinstall >100 instruments, two science pods on each of the Shallow Profiler Moorings, and recover and reinstall two Deep Profiler Moorings. You can learn more about the cruise on the VISIONS’16 website, which includes daily cruise logs, as well as image and video galleries. You can also follow along on Twitter (@VISIONSops), where up-to-the-minute updates about activities on board are posted.

Global Irminger Sea Array maintenance cruise departed Woods Hole, MA on June 30th aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong. On their way to the Irminger Sea, the crew, led by the OOI team at WHOI, deployed the Coastal Pioneer Array Central Inshore Profiler Mooring. During the 32 day cruise, the team will recover and re-deploy the Surface Mooring, Profiler Mooring, and two Subsurface Flanking Moorings at the Irminger Sea Array. Additionally, they will deploy four gliders – two Global Profiler Gliders to sample the area around the Profiler Mooring and two Open Ocean Gliders to monitor the area around the array.

Global Station Papa Array maintenance cruise was completed last month by the OOI team from WHOI and OSU with the successful recovery and re-deployment of the Apex Profiler Mooring, the two Subsurface Flanking Moorings, and one Open Ocean Glider. Additionally, the team was able to recover the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) surface buoy at Station Papa.