OOI Update – Fall 2017

Letter from the Director

OOI User Community and Colleagues,

As leaves begin to change here in DC we have teed up a Fall Newsletter. We have had LOTS of other activities occurring over the past few months which kept our staff here at the Program Management Office (PMO) and university teams very busy.

Let’s start with a brief update on the status of the pending transition of OOI program management (see 2016 NSF RFP). Executive Summary: it’s still “pending.” The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), the current awardee, did not re-compete for the award, so it will transition to a new awardee following selection by the NSF and National Science Board. This process is expected to complete in late Spring or early Summer 2018, with the transition to a new management team in Oct. 2018. In the meantime, COL has agreed to extend our management through Sept. 2018.

During this transition period the NSF has also approved the standup of a new range of tasks within the PMO. The first focuses on OOI Community Engagement. The PMO has established a new co-PI, Kristen Yarincik, to coordinate these emerging efforts and are advertising for a Senior Program Specialist position.

Secondly, we have created the new position of OOI Data Integrator, formally starting Jan. 2018. The OOI Data Integrator will directly report to me and be charged with coordinating our overall Cyber Infrastructure (CI) to ensure we are making the best use of our collective resources to maximize dissemination of data to you, our user community. We remain committed to ensuring that we are providing our user community with as much data as we can, as rapidly as we can, and that we remain responsive to your needs and input. I am confident that this new Data Integrator position will accelerate and sharpen our ongoing efforts to continually improve in this, our primary priority.

In September I enjoyed yet another opportunity to join a team from Rutgers and take OOI “on the road.” Team OOI manned a booth and ran a Town Hall meeting at the Oceans ’17 conference in Anchorage, AK. We continue to take advantage of every opportunity to share OOI with the broadest possible audience. In fact, we look forward to seeing you all in a few months at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

As always, I’d like to stress the importance we place on receiving feedback from you about our user interface and our data discovery, delivery, and display capabilities. Your feedback is the best and most rapid way we can identify shortfalls and enhance these capabilities. Please drop us a line and let us know about any problems or recommendations. Your inputs are vital, and they do drive our priorities!



Global Array Provides Critical Weather Forecast Data

Global Southern Ocean Array data were recently integrated into the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Global Telecommunication System. These data are being used by forecasters at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to examine storms in the Southern Ocean as part of the Year of Polar Prediction Effort by the WMO. [Full Story]

New Computer Vision Routine Developed for CAMHD Video

A new computer vision routine, developed by Aaron Marburg at UW-APL and aided by Tim Crone at LDEO and Friedrich Knuth at Rutgers, is now able to correctly identify and tag scenes of scientific interest in the CAMHD video stream. [Full Story]

Endurance Array Captures Total Eclipse

On August 21, the path of totality of the “Eclipse Across America” passed directly over two OOI Coastal Endurance Array Surface Moorings, adjacent to one, and close to three others. These moorings were able “see” the eclipse minutes before it is seen from the mainland and examine it’s impact on the coastal ecosystem.
[Full Story]    [LA Times Article]


Irminger Sea Mooring Stopped Communications

On 12 October, 2017, the Surface Buoy on the OOI Global Irminger Sea Array Surface Mooring stopped all communications. There was no indication as to what may have caused the outage, and the current state of the buoy and mooring infrastructure was not known. [Full Story]

Endurance Array Oregon Offshore Cabled Shallow Profiler Mooring Disabled

On 16 September 2017 the Endurance Array Oregon Offshore Cabled Shallow Profiler Mooring was accidentally pulled off position and apparently damaged by fishing trawler gear. Communications to shore ceased. [Full Story]

Deployments Suspended at S. Hemisphere Arrays

NSF has instructed COL to develop and implement a plan for removal without replacement of the OOI global array moorings at 55 South latitude (Pacific) and the Argentine Basin (South Atlantic) during the scheduled Fall 2017 cruises. [Full Story]


Over the last several months, a series of software updates have been successfully completed by the OOI Cyberinfrastructure team. Most noticeable is the addition of the OOI ERDDAP Server now online hosting uncabled telemetered data from OOI moorings and gliders. Additionally, the last three months have seen a surge in overall data availability following the successful introduction of new data ingestion capabilities in the OOI CI which have allowed our Data Team to improve data availability for our deployed sensors and instruments and accelerate ingest of archived and legacy datasets. For a full list of updates visit – https://ooinet.oceanobservatories.org/help

The OOI Data Team also continues to update the Community Tools page to include tools for quality control and testing as well as data download and plotting tools.  Most recently, the Axial Seamount Earthquake Catalog (courtesy of Dr. William Wilcock, UW) was added. This catalog provides a near-real time catalog of earthquake detections and HYPOINVERSE locations for the OOI Cabled Array at Axial Seamount.

We are constantly making updates to our data services, including the data portal and Erddap server, based on user feedback. As always, if you have any suggestions or run into any issues, place contact the HelpDesk.


During late Spring, Summer, and early Fall of 2017 our hard-working teams at WHOI, OSU, and UW completed both the Spring and Fall cruise for the Endurance and Pioneer arrays, the annual deployments to our global stations at Irminger Sea and Station Papa, and the annual maintenance cruise on the Cabled Array. Later this month Team WHOI will commence our operationally challenging annual deployments to our two high latitude Southern Ocean stations. Please note that these upcoming cruises will be “retrieve only,” following the decision to suspend deployments at these sites.