OOI Monthly Update – August 2016

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

Our busy summer continues across the full range of the OOI program. In this month’s newsletter, as always, you can review a few of our many recent highlights.

One key update is that we have now gone “live” with our updated and improved User Interface. Give our new capabilities a try! I am confident that you’ll agree with me that our CI and data teams have delivered some impressive new tools. That being said, please drop us a line and let us know about any problems you encountered or potential improvements you’d like to recommend. Your inputs are vital, and they are the only way our UI will get better!

We’ve wrapped up a number of our turn cruises recently, including cruises to the Global Irminger Sea Array and the Cabled Array. We’re now gearing up for cruises to our Coastal Endurance Array off the Oregon coast, and our very challenging cruises to Southern Ocean Global Arrays.

Take a few minutes to review new changes and updates to our website, including our new Info for Mariners page. What do you think?

I’d like to close by making another “plug” to continue to follow us at upcoming conferences. I hope a lot of you are signed up 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.

We also have OOI team members scheduled to attend and present at several other conferences in coming weeks and months, including next week’s Oceans ’16 meeting in Monterey and the upcoming AGU conference in December in San Francisco. Keep an eye on the webpage for details.

I encourage all of our many users 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

Updated OOI User Interface Now Live for Testing and Feedback

The OOI Graphical User Interface Team has been working on some improvements and streamlining of the OOI User Interface. Changes have been made to the format and functionality of the initial landing page, platform information pages, plotting capabilities, and data catalog, with the overall goal of improved usefulness and upgraded ability of users to locate and use data of interest.

The new site has been made available in order to get feedback on user experiences before it officially replaces the existing user interface, which still remains available for use. Please send any feedback or recommendations to the HelpDesk by 9/16.

OOI Ops Manager Speaks at “Oceans in Action” Workshop

Thomas Wims, the OOI’s Maintenance & Ops Manager spoke last month on the Systems and Sensors Expert Panel at the fifth annual Oceans In Action Workshop at the Stennis Space Center. The workshop, hosted by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Gulf Coast Section and the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET), showcases the many facets of marine technology with this year focusing on the use of unmanned vehicles. Mr. Wims presented on the OOI’s innovative use of gliders at coastal and open ocean array locations, as well as the use of propellor-driven Autonomous Underwater Vehicles off the coast of New England.

Science Highlight – Pioneer Array Gliders, a Track Line View

The first three Pioneer Array Coastal Gliders were deployed just over two years ago in May 2014. The map below shows a composite of the tracks of all the gliders deployed at Pioneer since those initial deployments.

Each line represents the path of one glider. Glider symbols are the last location of the glider before recovery, green dots represent deployment locations.

Each glider traverses a distinct path within and around the Pioneer Array, sampling an area measuring over 24,000 km2, roughly the size of New Hampshire. On average, each of the 25 gliders, for which data are shown, were deployed for a duration of 66 days and travelled a distances of approximately 1200 km (750 miles). The longest deployment was 118 days and the glider travelled a distance of 2,230 km (or 1,400 miles). That is roughly the same as driving halfway across the United States! Full story

Webpage Highlight – Information for Mariners Page

At the OOI, our goal is to engage a diverse community of marine users including commercial and recreational mariners. To that end, we have created an Information for Mariners page to provide information regarding locations of OOI assets in the water column and on the seafloor. Links to Local Notices to Mariners are also provided, as well as contact information. Check it out!

Maintenance Cruises

Cabled Array Visions ’16 Cruise On August 15, the University of Washington completed the second annual Cabled Array Operations and Maintenance cruise for the OOI. The 38-day expedition took place on the R/V Sikuliaq, using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason. During a series of 39 dives, the ROV Jason recovered and reinstalled replacements for over 100 cabled instruments, seven junction boxes, two Benthic Experiment Packages, and six science pods on three Shallow Profiler Moorings. In addition, the Deep Profiler moorings were turned at the Oregon Offshore and Slope Base sites, and the Axial Base mooring was recovered for reinstallation in 2017.

Upcoming Events

OOI Scientists and Data Team to present at Oceans ’16 Meeting

This month, several scientists and engineers from the OOI Marine Implementing Organizations (MIOs) and the OOI Data Team will present at the 2016 MTS/IEEE Oceans conference in Monterey Bay, CA September 19 – 22, 2016. The schedule of their OOI related talks can be found on our website.

OOI Community Workshop – Sept. 27-29 2016

The UNOLS Ocean Observing Science Committee (OOSC) along with OOI’s Science Oversight Committee (SOC) are hosting a workshop in Portland, OR focusing 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. The application deadline for in-person participation at the workshop has passed; interested community members can register to participate in the workshop virtually.