Program Update: Ocean Observatories Initiative – April 2015
OOI Construction Update
On April 2nd, the R/V Oceanus left port in Newport, Oregon to continue installations of the OOI’s coastal Endurance Array, as well as complete the array’s first Operations and Maintenance (O&M) cruise. Over the next 10 days, the Oregon State University OOI team installed coastal surface moorings and gliders, as well as completed the first O&M “turn” (recovery & redeployment) of moorings installed in October 2014 along the Oregon and Washington lines.
Deployments at the Endurance Array began in April 2014 with uncabled mooring and glider deployments (story here), continued through the summer with cabled mooring and seafloor package deployments (story here), and into the fall with the deployment of more uncabled moorings and gliders (story here). In total, the Endurance Array will contain 10 uncabled moorings, three cabled moorings, two instrumented seafloor packages, six gliders, and over 200 scientific instruments.
Deployments will continue at the coastal Pioneer Array off the coast of New England as the R/V Atlantis left port from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on April 28th.
OOI Data Update
As the construction phase of the OOI moves toward completion and the operation phase is on the horizon (June 2015), data are on the mind of the OOI team and users alike. Now available online is the OOI Observation and Sampling Approach documentation that will provide the user community with information on the operation of the various in situ sensing elements of the system (sensors and mobile platforms).
The document has two purposes: 1) to guide project personnel involved with the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the observatory, and 2) to inform potential users about how observations are routinely collected. As the project completes construction and moves into operations, the document will evolve as needed, for example to focus on defining the optimal, sustainable sampling rates for scientific discovery.
If any of the procedures or processes seem unclear, please let us know via the links below, and we’ll keep the lines of communication open. Recommended changes to this document from the external community should be sent to the OOI Data Manager, Mike Vardaro. All other OOI inquires should be submitted here.
OOI in the News!
Did you catch the OOI article in The Economist on April 4th? Check it out here.
The OOI Cabled Array was also featured in the April issue of Sea Technology Magazine. Check it out here.