OOI Update – Spring 2017

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

It’s been a while since we’ve reached out to you all with a formal update, and I’m very pleased to be able to lead off this new update with my take on the very busy end of 2016 and opening months of 2017.

Let’s start with cruise operations.  During November and December 2016, Team WHOI successfully completed what may be our two most operationally challenging annual deployments, to our two high latitude Southern Ocean stations.  The embarked WHOI teams and the crew of the NATHANIEL B. PALMER overcame a number of significant weather challenges to complete these critical equipment recoveries and deployments.  In the opening months of 2017, teams at WHOI and OSU are hard at work preparing for Spring cruises at both Endurance and Pioneer arrays.

In the last several months, we’ve had several opportunities to once again take the OOI program “on the road.”  Team OOI manned a booth and ran a Town Hall meeting at the AGU Conference in San Francisco in December, 2016, and my Operations Manager attended an IOOC workshop on ocean gliders in January.  I was very pleased to be asked by our colleagues at the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) program to host a webinar in February presenting an overview of OOI to the GOOS community.  We’re taking advantage of every opportunity to get OOI introduced to the broadest possible audience.

I’d also like to call special attention to the very hard work performed by the OOI program managers, their financial teams, and by the finance, accounting, and contract teams here at the OOI Program Management Office, for successfully completing the development of the Annual Work Plan and Operating Budget for OOI in 2017, which has been approved by the National Science Foundation.  This team is rarely in the spotlight, but their hard work, every day, literally keeps the lights on in the OOI.  Thanks!

Late 2016 and early 2017 have also been marked by a series of ongoing successes with our Cyber Infrastructure (CI).  In December 2016 OOI CI was thoroughly assessed by an external review panel appointed by the NSF and received a very positive review.  Moreover, the past few months have seen significant and ongoing improvement in our all-important data discovery, delivery, and display capabilities.  If you haven’t been on the OOI Data Portal in a while, set aside some time to have a look at our new capabilities.  I think you’ll like what you see.

Whatever your thoughts on the new OOI Data Portal and other capabilities, we’d like to hear them.  In fact, we NEED to hear them!  I would, as always, like to stress with all of our readers and users is the importance of receiving feedback from you about our user interface, and our data discovery, delivery, and display capabilities.  Your ongoing feedback is the best and most rapid way we can identify shortfalls and make these capabilities better for you.

Stay with us, and stay engaged.



OOI GOOS Webinar

In February, Greg Ulses, Director of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), gave an overview presentation of the OOI to an international audience as part of the ongoing GOOS Webinar series. The discussion focused on describing the OOI infrastructure, data access, and opportunities for national and international engagement and collaboration.

If you missed the event, download the slides, or view the recording of the event.

Undergraduate Professor Educational Workshop Opportunity

Are you an undergraduate professor teaching an oceanography course? Would you like to explore ways to integrate the OOI’s real-world datasets into your curriculum? Then check out these two upcoming education workshops funded by the National Science Foundation. Workshops will focus on Chemical and Geological Data. Travel, meals, lodging, and a small stipend will be provided to selected applicants.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Glider Workshop

In January, the OOI Operations Manager, Thomas Wims, attended the two-day US Underwater Glider Workshop at the INFINITY Space Center in Mississippi, hosted by the Interagency ocean Observation Committee (IOOC). Over 90 people were in attendance, from approximately 40 organizations representing universities, federal government agencies, nonprofits, industry, and the US Navy.  The focus of the workshop was to facilitate the sharing of best practices of glider operations across programs.

Check out the full story on the OOI Website.


Over the last several months, a series of software updates have been successfully completed by the OOI Cyberinfrastructure team. Most noticeable are the bathymetry and glider lines added to the map, better map navigation, and the added entries to the data catalog for HD Video, Sonar, and seismic data.

For a full list of updates visit – https://ooinet.oceanobservatories.org/help

The OOI Data Team has also recently released online a series of open access tools for users to download.  These tools can be found on the Community Tools page on the OOI Website and include tools for quality control and testing as well as data download and plotting tools.

Please note that the site will continue to be enhanced and more capabilities will be added over the next few months as our list of planned upgrades are completed and user feedback is integrated. As always, if you have an issue with the website, feel free to contact the HelpDesk.


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