Deep Ocean Observing Workshop 2018

OOI Deep Ocean Observing Workshop Participants.

OOI Deep Ocean Observing Workshop Participants.

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Deep Ocean Observing Workshop provided an interdisciplinary forum to develop deep ocean science questions and identify societal needs that could be addressed using the existing OOI infrastructure.

The workshop brought together researchers with interest or expertise in deep ocean observation, including early career and experienced deep-ocean observing scientists from multiple disciplines, OOI scientists, NSF program managers, the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) Steering Committee, and other stakeholders. It was an opportunity for participants to gather detailed information about OOI infrastructure and data availability and discuss existing and prospective Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) that are or can be measured by OOI and other nearby deep-water observatories. More background about the workshop can be found here.

The three-day workshop was held from August 27-29, 2018, in Seattle, WA and workshop comprised three main features: informational presentations about NE Pacific assets, DOOS science questions, and EOVs relevant to the deep ocean; lightning talks by the participants about their individual research pursuits; and small working groups. PDFs of the talks given at the workshop can be downloaded by selecting the links below.

Given the project and development goal of the workshop, much of the workshop focused on the small working groups in order to solidify what these proposals and hypotheses might be. At the beginning of the workshop, science questions for each of the four working groups were selected by participants, using the multi-disciplinary DOOS Science Questions and OOI Science Themes as a foundation. Participants then divided themselves into the working groups based on their interests. Further details about these discussions can be found in the Workshop report.


Day 1: Monday August 27, 2018

Day 2: Tuesday August 28, 2018

Day 3: Wednesday August 29, 2018

  • Proposing to use the OOI (data, adding infrastructure, etc)
  • Overview of Science Change Request Process (L. Smith)
  • Cabled Array Specific Changes (D. Kelley)
  • Discussion – Adding Infrastructure (D. Kelley & P. Snelgrove, Moderators)
  • Discussion – Potential Funding Sources (L. Clough, Moderator)
  • Individual Working Group Meetings
  • Final Working Group Report Out