Program Update: Ocean Observatories Initiative – July 2014
The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) has embarked on an aggressive cruise to complete construction of the cabled component of the OOI infrastructure in the Pacific Northeast known as the Regional Scales Node (RSN).
The work and cruise is being led by the OOI team at the University of Washington. The VISIONS ’14 expedition is takingplace on the Research Vessel (R/V) Thomas G. Thompson and is utilizing the state-of-the-art underwater robotic vehicle, ROPOS. There will be seven legs during the course of the 83-day cruise, which started on July 13 and will end on October 14, 2014.
The Endurance Array includes a network of fixed and mobile assets to observe cross-shelf and along-shelf variability in the coastal upwelling region of the Oregon and Washington coasts, and provides synoptic, multi-scale observations of the eastern boundary current regime. Click here to see detailed Endurance Array Instrument Tables.
The region of the continental shelf where the Pioneer Array is deployed off the New England Coast is characterized by sharp gradients in ocean temperature and other properties across the shelf, currents that flow along the shelf, and strong biological productivity. Click here to see detailed Pioneer Array Instrument Tables.
In April, the OOI team deployed and scheduled maintenance activities for the global component of the OOI infrastructure located in the Gulf of Alaska. During the cruise, the team deployed one Global Profiler Mooring, two Mesoscale Flanking Moorings and one Open Ocean Glider. Additionally, they successfully recovered all previously deployed moorings and the two previously deployed Open Ocean Gliders. Click here to see detailed Station Papa Instrument Tables.