OOI’S AGU Virtual Booth Schedule

OOI is hosting a virtual booth at AGU this year.  All events are free and open to those wanting to attend, including those not attending AGU.  Register for each event by clicking on the link in the event’s title.  We hope to see you virtually at AGU this year! For those attending in person, do check out these OOI-related presentations.

OOI’s Virtual Booth Schedule

Monday 13-Dec 3-4 pm CT MOVING THE PIONEER ARRAY TO THE SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC BIGHT Status of plans, permitting, and projected timeline for relocating the Pioneer Array Lisa Clough (NSF) Moderator, Al Plueddemann (WHOI), Derek Buffitt (WHOI)
Tuesday 14-Dec 1-2 pm CT INTRODUCING OOI’S NEW DATA CENTER: CREATIVE WAYS TO USE DATA How cutting edge techniques to analyze and visualize data are being integrated into research and education Anthony Koppers (OSU) Moderator, OOI’s New Data Center, Don Setiawan (UW) Interactive Oceans, Wu-Jung Lee (UW) EchoPype, Chris Wingard (OSU) Jupyter Notebooks
Tuesday 14-Dec 3-4 pm CT OOI AND OSNAP IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC What we are learning about the changing nature of the North Atlantic Al Plueddemann (WHOI) Moderator, Nora Fried (NIOZ), Nick Foukal (WHOI), Yao Fu (Georgia Tech), Isabela Le Bras (WHOI)
Wednesday 15-Dec 1-3 pm CT OOI IN THE CLOUD: AN EXAMPLE USING PANGEO A short hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to work with OOI data using Pangeo Tim Crone (LDEO)
Wednesday 15-Dec 3-4 pm CT WHAT’S NEW IN THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES? Lead authors of high-impact papers present their findings on Axial Seamount using OOI and other data (i.e. 3D seismics) for an integrated view into this highly active volcano, what their next steps are, how OOI data will play a role, and ideally what tools they would like to have answer their questions. Deb Kelley (UW) Moderator, Suzanne Carbotte (LDEO), William Chadwick (OSU), William Wilcock (UW)
Thursday 16-Dec 3-4 pm CT OOIFB LIGHTNING TALKS REDUX For those who miss the lightning talk presentations during  OOIFB’s Town Hall, this is another opportunity to see, hear, and question Lightning Talk presenters Ed Dever (OSU) Moderator, Lightning talk presenters
Friday 17-Dec 11 am-noon CT WHAT’S NEW WITH DATA EXPLORER? (To be confirmed) A demonstration of how Data Explorer 1.2 can be used to address science questions using different data types Jeff Glatstein (WHOI) Moderator, Stacey Buckelew (Axiom), Wendi Ruef, Mike Vardaro (UW), Andrew Reed (WHOI)
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Call for Lightning Talks at OOIFB Town Hall

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) will host a Town Hall at the 2021 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The Town Hall will be offered in person, as well as virtually, and is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm Central Time. For those attending in-person, the location is the Convention Center, Room 395-396.  The community will have the opportunity to hear the latest information about the OOI facility, the Data Explorer tool, Pioneer Array relocation plans, and early career scientists’ activities.

The Town Hall will include a series of lightning presentations where scientists are invited to present one slide in one minute explaining how they have used (or plan to use) freely available observatory data in their respective research. In this Town Hall we will expand beyond OOI, and encourage users of other observatories to also share their experiences in applying observatory data in their respective research. We hope you will consider presenting a slide in the lightning session.

Time during the Town Hall is limited and we expect to be able to schedule about ten lightning talks during the Town Hall.  However, we are excited to announce that all submitted lightning talks will have the opportunity to be presented during the Fall AGU meeting!  The OOIFB has teamed with the OOI booth exhibitor to offer a time slot during the meeting to highlight the lightning talks.  The session at the OOI booth will be a virtual event.

Sign-up now to present a lightning talk – If you are using observatory data and wish to present a lightning talk during the Town Hall, please sign up HERE by December 1st.

Funding Available for AGU Registration Fee – Please note, all participants and presenters of the OOIFB Town Hall must be registered for the 2021 Fall AGU Meeting.  Funding is available to offset the registration fees for students and early career scientists (ECS) who are presenting a lightning talk.  Funding is limited and the first 20 student/ECS applications will be considered for reimbursement.  The Lightning Talk application form includes space for requesting AGU registration reimbursement.

The Town Hall is aimed at researchers who are now using or are considering using OOI data, researchers interested in adding instrumentation to the OOI infrastructure, and educators at all levels interested in the OOI.  We hope to see you at the OOIFB Town Hall!

Event: OOI Facility Board Town Hall

When:   Tuesday, December 14th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm Central Time

Where:   Convention Center, Room 395-396 – New Orleans, LA

Virtual participation will also be available to individuals registered for the AGU Fall Meeting.

For additional details, please visit HERE.

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Workshop: OOI Data in Project EDDIE Materials

Project EDDIE and the SERC (Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College) have an exciting workshop coming up that you won’t want to miss! It offers opportunities to build teaching modules using OOI data.

The Project EDDIE Module Development & Community Building Experience will be held online via Zoom as half-day meetings on January 20, 27, and February 10. This workshop will facilitate participants developing teaching modules that pair scientific concepts and quantitative reasoning with teaching with data. The teaching modules follow a tested design rubric developed by Project EDDIE and resulting materials will be published as part of a growing collection of modules.

During the workshop, participants will construct a 1-day module that uses an openly available dataset for a specific ecology, limnology, geology, hydrology, oceanography or environmental science course. Each module will focus on a scientific concept and address a set of quantitative reasoning or analytical skills using large, openly available datasets, such as OOI, following the Project EDDIE module structure. Interactive peer review and module share out meetings following the workshop will help improve developed materials before you pilot them.

Participants will be expected to 1) attend the workshop and develop a module 2)attend one virtual peer review and one module share out and planning session 3) teach and revise their materials, 4) and make revisions from the peer review and an external review before publishing. Final modules will be published online by December 2022. Participants will be provided a $1,500 stipend for completing, testing, and publishing their module.

This workshop also provides special opportunities to:

  • Understand how working with large datasets improves quantitative reasoning in students
  • Incorporate your module into your syllabus/course schedule and develop an assessment plan
  • Meet new people who share similar interests in teaching and working with data

There is no registration cost for attending this meeting. The successful completion and testing of a module includes up to a $1,500 stipend. Successful completion of the modules includes authoring, piloting, revising, and publishing the teaching and supporting materials.

The application deadline for this workshop is November 28, 2021.  Apply now.  Conveners are actively seeking modules focused on OOI data.


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Student and Early Career Travel Funds Available: Apply Now!

Do you need travel funds to attend and present your OOI research at a conference? 

The Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship helps early career scientists and graduate students who are actively involved in research and/or education programs using Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) data.  The Fellowship provides funding support for the recipient to participate in and present a paper or poster on research or education using OOI data at a national or international conference or workshop. Participation in conferences that promote diversity and inclusiveness are encouraged.

If you need funding to offset conference expenses (registration fees, travel costs, accommodations, etc.), we encourage you to apply.  Conference participation can be in-person or virtual.  With the Fall AGU and Ocean Science Meetings approaching, we wanted to remind you of this opportunity.
Information on eligibility requirements, and how to apply, are available here.

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Endurance Array to Provide Hourly Meteorological Data

On 11 October 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)requested that OOI’s Coastal Endurance Array buoys provide hourly meteorological data to the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) because a nearby NDBC buoy (46029, Columbia River bar) had gone offline. OOI buoy data are typically telemetered every two hours due to sampling schedule and bandwidth constraints (the actual sampling rate is higher).

Endurance Array team members examined sampling and telemetry schedules for the Endurance offshore coastal surface moorings to see if they could accommodate NOAA’s request. The team concluded that meteorological data from the moorings could be updated hourly while still meeting OOI sampling requirements.

“To help ensure continuity of data to the NDBC,  we plan to distribute hourly meteorological data from the Endurance Array Oregon and Washington offshore sites for the duration of the outage at NBDC 46029,” said Edward Dever, lead of the Coastal Endurance Team. “We’re pleased to respond to NOAA’s request and hope these data prove useful to operational weather forecasts and marine safety.” The Oregon and Washington offshore sites have NDBC buoys designations of 46098 and 46100, respectively.

The Endurance Array team will continue to review the performance of the buoys and ensure the updated telemetry schedule does not impact OOI sampling. If data users do experience any impacts from this change in sampling frequency, please contact Jon Fram at Jonathan.Fram@oregonstate.edu.

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OOI at AGU 2021

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AGU Fall Meeting 2021

The following is a compilation of OOI-related presentations at this year’s fall meeting. If we’ve missed any OOI-related sessions, please contact dtrewcrist@whoi.edu and we will be happy to add them.  OOI will have a virtual booth at AGU this year.  Interesting programming is being finalized and will be added to this listing once confirmed. Share your AGU news at #AGU2021. 

Monday, 13 December 2021

09:07-09:12, Convention Center, Room 223 (Note:  all times are in Central time)

OS11A-02 – Overflow Water Pathways in the North Atlantic: New Observations from the OSNAP Program
Susan Lozier, Georgia Institute of Technology, Amy S Bower and Heather H Furey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Kimberley Drouin, Duke University, Xiaobiao X, Florida State University,  and Sijia Zou, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

11:15-12:15, Convention Center, Room 395-396

Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board Town Hall

Posters, Convention Center Poster Hall D-F

B25E-1522 – Synergistic Data Source Approach to Studying Keystone Marine Predators
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ocean Science Analytics.

G25A-0340 – Drift Corrected Pressure Time Series at Axial Seamount, July 2018 to November 2021 – A Progress Report
Glenn S Sasagawa, University of California San Diego and Mark A Zumberge, University of California San Diego.

PP25C-0927OOI infrastructure and Experimental Deployments: Preliminary insights from SEA3s deployed from 6 months to 1 year in the North Pacific
Ashley M Burkett, Oklahoma State University and Sarah Keenan, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Wednesday, 15  December 2021

Posters, Convention Center Poster Hall D-F

V35A – Focused Observations of Ridge Near-Axis Remote and in Situ Investigations: Magmatic, Volcanic, Hydrothermal, and Biological Processes V Poster
Michael R Perfit, Timothy M Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jeffrey Karson, Syracuse University, Deborah Kelly, University of Washington, and Kenneth Howard Rubin, University of Hawaii.

Thursday, 16  December 2021

13:45-15:00, Convention Center, el.Lightning Theater VII

V43B – Focused Observations of Ridge Near-Axis Remote and in Situ Investigations: Magmatic, Volcanic, Hydrothermal, and Biological Processes IV eLightning
Michael R Perfit, University of Florida, Timothy M Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jeffrey Karson, Syracuse University, Deborah Kelly, University of Washington, and Darin M Schwartz, Boise State University.

14:18-14:21, Convention Center, el.Lightning Theater VII

V43B-07 – Spatial distribution of diffuse discharge at ASHES vent field, Axial Seamount, captured by acoustic imaging
Guangyu Xu, University of Washington, Karen G Bemis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Darrell Jackson, University of Washington, and Anatoliy N. Ivakin, University of Washington.

V43B-08 – Systematic Shift in Plume Bending Direction at Grotto Vent, Main Endeavour Field, Juan de Fuca Implies Systematic Change in Venting Output along the Endeavour Segment
Karen G Bemis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Posters, Convention Center Poster Hall D-F

V45B-0137 – Monitoring at Axial Seamount since its 2015 eruption reveals tightly linked rates of deformation and seismicity
William W. Chadwick Jr, Oregon State University, Scott L Nooner, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, William S D Wilcock, University of Washington, and Jeff W Beeson, Oregon State University.

V45B-0138 – Deformation Models for the 2015-Eruption and Post-Eruption Inflation at Axial Seamount from Repeat AUV Bathymetry
William Hefner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Scott L Nooner, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, William W. Chadwick Jr., Oregon State University, David W Caress and Jennifer Brophy Paduan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and Delwayne R Bohnenstiehl, North Carolina State University.

V45B-0139 – Annual and long-term seismic velocity variations at Axial Seamount observed with seismic ambient noise
Michelle Lee, Columbia University, Yen Joe Tan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Maya Tolstoy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Felix Waldhauser, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University,  and William S D Wilcock, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.



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Ocean Data Lab Nuggets Providing Foundation for Accessible Oceans

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Amy Bower and oceanographer Leslie Smith have teamed up to make ocean science accessible to the visually impaired. The team is using data nuggets—curated OOI data sets—created by the National Science Foundation funded Ocean Data Labs to design and evaluate auditory displays that can communicate ocean science. The team is using five data nuggets to work with and represent through sound, including the two-way transfer of carbon dioxide between the ocean and atmosphere, the seafloor falling several feet during the 2015 Axial Seamount volcanic eruption, and the reaction of microscopic marine organisms off the coast of Oregon during the 2017 total solar eclipse.  Read more about this Accessible Oceans project here.


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Example of Integrated Ocean Observing System

The potential of sharing ocean observations to determine ocean conditions in real-time was highlighted in last week’s update of the Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps and Large Trawlers (eMOLT) project.  EMOLT is a non-profit collaboration of industry, science, and academics focusing on monitoring the physical environment of the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England shelf.


Explained in the update, observers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were watching oceanographic activity at the Southern New England shelf edge as a warm core ring impinged on an area south of Nantucket. As shown by the purple worm in the animation above a drifter (deployed off F/V Lady Rebecca  back in June on Jeffreys Ledge) had drifted near the Great South Channel and seemed confused on which way to go.  After traveling along a fairly normal track, it had been affected by “eddies off eddies, off eddies.”  Earlier last week, a sensor-laden  Central Falls, RI,  High School miniboat, deployed by the University of Rhode Island’s R/V Endeavor, was entrained in the outer fringes of the actual Gulf Stream ring.The NOAA team used Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) moorings, which are just downstream of this area, to explore multiple variables throughout the water column to get a better idea of ocean conditions that aligned with the drifter’s movements. The animation also shows the current velocity (red arrow) near 400 meters as reported by OOI’s moored profiling instrument.

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Ride Along with Pioneer 17

After a three-day weather delay, on Friday 29 October, the 14-member Pioneer Array science party will board the R/V Neil Armstrong in Woods Hole, MA and head toward the array, 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The team will recover and deploy moorings and instrumentation to keep the array operational, collecting and sending data back to shore.

What’s novel about this mission is not only is it the 17th time the array will have been “turned,” but this time, you can follow along.  Bookmark this link for regular updates of progress, conditions, and life at sea. The team promises a good ride along.

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New Underwater Camera with Off-the-Shelf Components

In September 2021, the Coastal Endurance Array began rolling out a much-needed upgrade to their underwater cameras.  Endurance Array Innovator Chris Holm engineered a camera using off-the-shelf components to meet the specific needs of capturing environmental conditions and marine life in proximity to the Endurance Array moorings. The prototype was put in place on the inshore mooring (CE01) during the 15th turn of the Coastal Endurance Array.

[media-caption path="https://oceanobservatories.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/camera.png" link="#"]The newly configured Endurance Array underwater camera is attached to the inshore mooring, ready for deployment.  Photo: Chris Holm, OSU.[/media-caption]

The innovation came in multiple steps. Holm first tried to salvage the camera’s hardware and reprogram the camera with new software. He hit a snag, however, in that the motherboard that controlled the camera was no longer supported.

Since it didn’t make sense to rebuild the camera using an out-of-date motherboard, Holm looked into finding a new camera on the market.  It had to be suitable for use underwater, with the capability to go into a low-power mode. “What is really needed for low-light conditions underwater is a camera with a large physical sensor, but with fewer megapixels,” explained Holm.

“Since the moorings run on battery power, the cameras need to be able to go into a very low-power sleep state in between taking photos,” said Holm. “If the sleep current is high, the deployment life is low. So, we were trying to find an off-the-shelf solution for a way to go into low power.”

After some searching, Holm obtained a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera. Although the Raspberry Pi doesn’t come with native power management capabilities, Holm found he could use Sleepy Pi, an add-on-board from Spell Foundry that can power the Raspberry Pi on and off.

For its launch, the camera is programmed to autonomously take a burst of three images every four hours. The system can also take photos when triggered by a Data Concentration Logger (DCL) and can be partially configured remotely.  Future iterations will be fully configurable remotely via the DCL.

The final touch to this first iteration was figuring out how to turn the lights and lasers on and off. Holm used a relay board from Waveshare Electronics to power the original systems lights and lasers.  The lights adjust their brightness depending on the voltage being sent through a signal line which is controlled by the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi.

Altogether, the system is very suitable for the Endurance Array’s needs and is an extremely cost-effective, off-the-shelf solution. The cameras also can be easily swapped out if the Endurance team decides to upgrade the cameras.

Since this newly configured camera was put in place in early September, Holm said, it has been performing flawlessly, with the auto-exposure working well. Since this mooring uses a cell modem to transmit data, the team has been able to see the photos the camera is taking in near real-time. Once the formal approval process for the camera’s integration and use across the OOI is completed, Holm will be building more camera systems for the Endurance Array to deploy on the offshore and shelf moorings during the spring.

Since the cameras and its settings can be upgraded and/or optimized for different use cases, depending on what an investigator is interested in (such as marine snow or benthic organisms), Holm would like to hear from scientists about what they’d like the camera to focus on. He created a survey for data users interested in the underwater cameras.

“It would be very helpful to know what kind of data would be most useful to scientists using the system,” he said.

For those interested in seeing underwater, please complete the survey here.

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