Application open for OOI BGC Sensor Working Group

Applications open: Participate in online working group to develop guidelines and best practices for using OOI biogeochemical sensor data

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our survey last fall on the planned OOI Biogeochemical Sensor workshop. The feedback we received from the community was incredibly helpful and we have used it to guide our next steps in the process of planning and organizing this activity. The goals of this activity are to: 

(1) broaden the use of OOI biogeochemical sensor data, and

(2) increase community capacity to produce analysis-ready data products and use them in new and ongoing research projects.

Given the continuing disruption to in-person meetings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to initiate a set of the planned workshop activities online. We will follow this up with an in-person workshop in conjunction with the OCB meeting at WHOI in June 2022. 

In late spring 2021, we will convene a working group to develop a set of guidelines and best practices for using OOI biogeochemical sensor data, with participation across online synchronous and asynchronous activities. These guidelines will be published as a white paper for distribution to the broader community.

More detailed information about planned working group activities and the application form to participate in the working group are now available here. Apply by Friday April 2.

Our intention is to create a working group that is inclusive of participants from all backgrounds and a range of career stages. We recognize that everyone’s schedules and availability have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that scheduling may be especially challenging for those with dependent care responsibilities and those in early career stages. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of all accepted applicants.

For those who are interested in this activity and its outcomes but who are not able to commit the time to participate in this working group, we will continue to provide updates to the full community about working group progress and products, including at the in-person workshop and associated OCB meeting in summer 2022.

Organizing Committee:

Hilary Palevsky (

Sophie Clayton (

Heather Benway (

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Live Lightning Talks

Join this group of scientists as they share what they are learning from OOI data in short five-minute presentations.

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6-7 pm Eastern. To listen in, sign on here.


Shima Abadi
University of Washington
Characterization of ocean rain and wind noise using the OOI broadband hydrophones and surface buoys at the Coastal Endurance Oregon Shelf and Offshore location

Bill Davis
Ideas for growing consumption and use of OOI data

Rachel Eveleth
Oberlin College
OOI data as an accessible data source for undergraduate research in coastal marine carbon cycling

Erik Fredrickson
University of Washington
Exploring short term deflation events at Axial Seamount with cabled pressure and tilt sensors

Natalie Freeman
University of Colorado Boulder
Using observations from the Global Southern Ocean array to assess the fitness of a 1-D model to evaluate the response of the upper ocean to high-frequency wind variability

Matthew Lobo
Portland State University
Deriving higher-resolution, empirical representations of the vertical structure/normal modes of horizontal kinetic energy using wire-following profiler technology

Aaron Mau
University of South Carolina
In the classroom: A firsthand approach to learning with OOI data

Chris Russoniello
West Virginia University
OOI Early Career Scientist Working Group demonstrates the capability of interdisciplinary, remote collaboration

William Wilcock
University of Washington
Steps towards installing a resident autonomous underwater vehicle at Axial Seamount.

William Wilcock
University of Washington
Alternative senior thesis plans when the traditional senior cruise on the R/V Thomas G. Thompson was not feasible

Guangyu Xu
University of Washington
Monitoring Hydrothermal Plumes at ASHES Vent Field, Axial Seamount through Quantitative Acoustic Imaging


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OOIFB Town Hall

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

10:00-11:00 am Eastern
Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board Town Hall

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) is hosting a Town Hall during the virtual 2020 Fall AGU meeting. The community will have the opportunity to hear the latest information about the OOI facility, meet the OOIFB members, and learn about research using OOI data. The new OOI Data Explorer tool will be demonstrated, the exciting activities of OOI education programs will be featured, and early career scientist activities will be highlighted.

The Town Hall will include a series of lightning presentations where scientists are invited to present one slide in one minute explaining how s/he has used (or plans to use) freely available observatory data in their respective research.

We hope you will attend!


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OOI Booth Schedule

The Ocean Observatories Initiative has a full plate of activities at its virtual AGU booth during AGU’s exhibit hall hours. Registration is required for the 11 am-noon time slots, indicated below.  Please join us for all other activities, by simply clicking here:

Monday 7 December

  • 11 am-noon Eastern: Learn how to use the new Date Explorer: Register here.

Brian Stone of Axiom Data Science will demonstrate the many features of the OOI’s new data discovery tool, Data Explorer.

  • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about specific data questions  

OOI Data Team members Chris Wingard with the Coastal Endurance Array and Wendi Ruef with the Regional Cabled Array will be available to answer any and all questions.

  • 6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?

Join Derek Buffitt, program manager for the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN), for a virtual lab tour of the CGSN Facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Tuesday 8 December

  • 11 am-noon Eastern: Announcement forthcoming
  • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about using OOI data in the classroom                                    .

Sage Lichtenwaler from the OOI Ocean Data Labs has helped hundreds of professors seamlessly integrate OOI into undergraduate classrooms. He will be on hand to answer your question on how to use OOI data in your course instruction.

  • 6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?

Join Jonathan Fram, program manager for the Coastal Endurance Array (EA), for a virtual lab tour of the EA Facility at Oregon State University.

Wednesday 9 December

  • 11 am-noon Eastern: Hear from scientists who are using OOI data to advance their research: Register here.

Kendra Daly, chair of the Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board, will provide a quick look at what’s new in the OOI’s latest science plan.

Glen Gawarkiewicz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will share what is now known about the shelf break exchange process.

Andrew Leising, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will review what we have learned about marine heatwaves.

Douglas S. Luther, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, will discuss internal tide impacts of ocean circulation.

Wu-Jung Lee, University of Washington, will review how echosounder data are accelerating marine ecological research. (To be confirmed).

  • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about opportunities to participate in OOI 

OOI Principal Investigator John Trowbridge and Co-Principal Investigator and lead of OOI’s Regional Cabled Array Deborah Kelley will be on hand to answer any and all questions about how to get involved in the OOI.

  • 6-7 pm Eastern: Live Lightning Talks

Eleven presenters will share the latest research investigations using OOI data, as well as examples of how OOI data are being integrated into classroom instruction.

Thursday 10 December

  • 11 am-noon Eastern: Participate in a data challenge: Register here.  

Two members of OOI’s data team, Mike Vardaro, RCA and University of Washington, and Andrew Reed, CGSN and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will lead participants through a series of three data challenges to demonstrate the capabilities of the Data Explorer.

  • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about opportunities OOI’s mobile assets

Coastal and Global Scale Node Team members Al Plueddemann or Peter Brickley and Coastal Endurance Lead Edward Dever will answer questions about OOI’s mobile assets, everything from why we use them to what we are learning from them.

  •  6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?

Join Brian Ittig or Dana Manalang of the Regional Cabled Array Team (RCA) for a virtual lab tour of the RCA Facility at the University of Washington.

Friday 11 December

  • 11 am-noon Eastern: Learn how to create data views using the new Date Explorer: Register here

OOI Data Team and Coastal Endurance team member Craig Risien will guide us through the steps of creating a data view using Coastal Endurance array data to demonstrate this feature of OOI’s new data discovery tool, Data Explorer.

  • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about what scientists are learning using OOI data

Join William Wilcock, University of Washington, and Hilary Palvesky, Boston College, to hear what they have learned using OOI data and how you might do the same.

  • 6-7 pm Eastern: Early Career Scientists’ Happy Hour

Close down the OOI virtual booth by joining your friends and colleagues at a virtual hour. This is an opportunity to network, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and raise a glass together.

All activities other than the 11 am time slots can be accessed here. Look forward to seeing you soon!


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Mark Your Calendar: Dissolved Oxygen Webinar, 9 September 2020

[caption id="attachment_18879" align="alignnone" width="640"] Coastal Endurance Array webinar presenters: Ed Dever, Chris Wingard, Stuart Pearce, Craig Risien, Jonathan Whitefield, and Jon Fram[/caption]

In this webinar, we present dissolved oxygen (DO) data from the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s (OOI) Coastal Endurance Array off Oregon and Washington.  DO is recorded on platforms across OOI.  These measurements contribute directly to the OOI science goal of understanding ecosystem changes. The Endurance Array measurements contribute specifically to understanding the seasonal development and synoptic variability of hypoxia. DO measurement platforms on EA include moorings, gliders, and profilers.

The webinar will be presented in four pre-recorded sections with a live Q and A following each section. In part one, we will provide an overview of OOI DO measurements across OOI. The remaining three parts will cover surface mooring time series, glider measurements, and profiler measurements respectively. For each of these platforms, we will describe the sampling, review quality control procedures and issues, and present example plots. We will focus on recent data, including telemetered data collected since the latest Endurance cruise in July 2020. We will present the DO time series, along with related observations of wind velocity and ocean temperature.

Please register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

The webinar sections will be posted to Pre-registered webinar participants can sign up for follow-up discussions on accessing these OOI data on 10 September. Individuals can also contact the OOI HelpDesk and set up similar discussions at a later date.


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Northeast Pacific OOI Community Workshop Postponed Due to COVID-19

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the Northeast Pacific OOI Community Workshop scheduled for June 23-25, 2020 in Portland, OR.  Because of the importance of holding this workshop, OOIFB will work to find a future date that will promote optimal participation and engagement by the OOI community.

In the meantime, OOIFB members are exploring alternate options for connecting with researchers and educators who are using or plan to use OOI data.  This could include webinars and/or on-line training sessions.  Input from community members is welcome.  Please share your suggestions regarding webinar and training topics that would be of interest to you and whether you have any deadlines for this information (e.g., proposal submission, teaching a class).  Suggestions can be sent to Annette De Silva.


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NE Pacific OOI Community Workshop, 23-25 June: Applications by 5 April

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) will host a workshop focusing on current and future science addressed by the OOI infrastructure in the northeast Pacific.  The workshop is aimed at researchers and resource managers who are using or are considering using OOI data, researchers interested in adding instrumentation to the OOI infrastructure, and educators at all levels interested in OOI’s Cabled, Endurance, and Station Papa Arrays.

The workshop will inform the oceanographic community of the science capabilities and new technologies offered by the OOI and other observatory arrays located in the northeast Pacific. An overview of OOI data products, user interfaces, and system features will be provided along with hands-on demonstrations using a suite of data access tools. OOI Program team members and NSF representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on OOI operations.

This community workshop will provide a forum to facilitate science collaborations and identify strategies for engaging future users of OOI.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences in working with the OOI systems and data.

The workshop will be held at the OSU Portland Center in Portland, OR on June 23-25, 2020.  To apply for the workshop, please complete the on-line application form. Travel support is available, but limited.  Broad representation from institutional, geographic, and disciplinary groups is desired and will be considered in participant selection. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2020.

To apply, click here.

Participation by Web Conference will be offered

Please note if you are unavailable to attend this workshop, participation by web-conference will also be possible.  Individuals interested in participating virtually are encouraged to complete the on-line application form.  This will help us to better understand our participant interests.

Special note:  Although we plan to hold the workshop on June 23-25 in Portland, OR, we will continue to monitor news and guidance regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Plans for the workshop will be adjusted as needed in consideration of any Center for Disease Control guidance in the coming weeks.

Additional details about the workshop are available here.



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