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What is the OOI?

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), is an MREFC (Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction) project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is nearing transition to its operations and maintenance phase, where it will function as a networked observatory of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables of the ocean, seafloor, and near ocean atmosphere. The OOI consists of seven arrays located across the North and South Atlantic and Pacific, including one cabled, two coastal, and four global arrays. Greater knowledge of the ocean’s interrelated systems is vital for increased understanding of their effects on biodiversity, ocean and coastal ecosystems, ecosystem health and climate change. OOI will put ocean observing data in the hands of a vast user community of oceanographers, scientists and researchers, educators and the public.

— Last revised on August 15, 2016 —