January 31 Deadline for Applications to Consider Pioneer Array Relocation

Apply to select the next location of the OOI Pioneer Array
Applications are due on January 31st!

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have launched a process to consider whether to move the Pioneer Array from its current location, on the New England shelf and slope south of Martha’s Vineyard, to a new location.  Selection of the next OOI Pioneer Array location, or decision to maintain the Array at its current location, will be driven by community input on the important science questions that can be addressed by the Pioneer Array.

The OOI community is invited to weigh in on this important decision during a two-phase sequential lab approach that will bring scientists, educators, and other stakeholders together virtually to evaluate 1) future location options for the Pioneer Array and 2) new design considerations that can enable exciting research endeavors at the chosen location.

Two Innovations Labs will be held in 2021. The Phase 1 Innovations Lab, March 15-19, will explore possible locations for the Pioneer Array based on scientific questions that require an ocean observatory to advance knowledge. At the Lab, interdisciplinary teams will work together to ideate and develop a roadmap of possible locations including exploring new scientific, educational, and partnership opportunities.

The Phase 2 Innovations Lab, in late spring/early summer, will come up with a plan to maximize the science gains and broader impacts of the potential new site. If a new site is recommended, the Array would be moved in 2023.

How to become involved

For those interested in learning more, please visit the OOIFB webpage regarding the Pioneer Array location selection process.  The webpage includes a link to the application form to participate in the Phase 1 Innovations Lab. The application deadline is 31 January 2021.  Selected Innovations Lab participants will be announced in mid-February.

More information or to apply, please visit here.