OOI Program Update

An external review panel has commended the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) team for its ability work together and effectively integrate the numerous and diverse segments that make up this unique and complex program.

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OOI Program Update

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program has expanded the size of the program team with the addition of a new Implementing Organization (IO) and made significant progress on a number of technical test and development fronts.

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The Ocean Observatories Initiative has made substantial progress over the past few months. The Implementing Organizations and the Program Office have reached full staffing levels, representing more than a tripling of OOI staff since October 2009.

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On March 1, 2010, we completed the first six months of the five-year construction phase of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).  We’ve been tackling all the key ‘start-up’ steps of a new program, including increasing staff levels across the program, getting several major contracts in place, introducing scientists and educators to the capabilities of the OOI, while working to complete the Year 1 construction milestones.  As you will learn on this website, and through the supporting documents, the OOI will deliver data to address a multitude of important science and societal questions, including those centering around climate change, ecosystem health, ocean acidification and carbon cycling.  This will be accomplished through an innovative network of sensors measuring physical, biological, chemical and geological processes from the air-sea interface to the ocean floor.

The OOI infrastructure is being built with support from the National Science Foundation, under the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) funding stream, which includes $105.93 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  We began the first official project year in September 2009 and will continue construction through 2014.  We expect some portions of the network to provide sustained data by late 2012, with full network capability by late 2014.   Many additional details are available in the web pages and links below this section, and more details will follow as construction progresses.

Although the OOI Project Team is building the system, the sustained data streams and data products of the OOI will not belong to the OOI Project Team, they will belong to you, whether you are a scientist, a student, an educator, or an interested citizen.  Learn how to get involved as the system takes shape over the next few years! (more…)

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