NSF Awards Contract to WHOI to Lead OOI Program Management

2018-09-19T14:57:03+00:00 September 19, 2018|

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include [...]

National Science Foundation Statement On Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Array Removal

2017-07-06T13:00:12+00:00 July 6, 2017|

Dear Colleagues: As part of its continuing commitment to ensuring the most efficient use of its resources, and consistent with recommendations in the National Academy of Sciences’ 2015 report “Sea Change: Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences 2015-2025”, the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) is working with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) to focus the [...]

A Massive Underwater Volcano Eruption Is Captured In Real Time

2016-12-19T12:24:56+00:00 December 19, 2016|

The sea floor split open on April 24, 2015, but scientists had seen it coming for months. Drawing on data from more than a dozen instruments arrayed around the underwater volcano known as Axial Seamount, they documented telltale tremors that shook its slopes. They watched the caldera at the top of the volcano swell like a balloon filling with air, building up pressure until it finally burst. They couldn't see much of the eruption that happened next — the water was too cloudy with debris — but they know that it involved plumes of super hot water and bubbles of gas and steam that popped with the explosive force of a mortar round. By the time the eruption ended a month later, nearly 88 billion gallons of molten rock had flooded ocean bottom.

Underwater Network Gives Scientists A Rare Glimpse Into Deep-Sea Volcanoes

2016-12-19T09:08:07+00:00 December 19, 2016|

Most volcanic eruptions on Earth happen in a hidden, dark place: deep underwater. Scientists rarely detect these outbursts on the sea floor, but last year, they caught a seamount eruption in the act. Now, researchers have characterized it in unprecedented detail—showing how a rash of earthquakes preceded the eruption and how bulging of the volcano’s surface was used to successfully forecast the eruption. Scientists say the results will help them understand how other volcanoes around the world behave.

OOI By The Numbers

2016-12-30T10:06:48+00:00 June 20, 2016|

Consortium for Ocean Leadership is excited that Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) data are streaming in from the corners of the ocean to our ever growing user community of scientists, educators, marine users, and the general public. The OOI is all about the flow of data, a constant stream of ones and zeros from the ocean into your home, so we thought we would share the latest key OOI numbers with you!

The Plan To Create A ‘Fitbit For The Oceans’

2015-08-20T11:59:49+00:00 August 20, 2015|

It is often said we know less about the ocean floor than we do about the surface of Mars—a concerning statistic given how important they are to humanity's survival. This fall, however, an integrated infrastructure of sensor systems will sprawl, swim, and anchor itself across our oceans as part of the Oceans Observatories Initiative, a project 10 years in the making.

Congratulations to these Ocean Leaders

2016-06-28T19:24:35+00:00 July 24, 2015|

We are pleased to announce the promotion to vice president of two of our senior leaders. Kristen Yarincik is being promoted to Vice President and Director, Research and Education, and Mike Kelly to Vice President and Director, Ocean Observing.

Ocean Drones Plumb New Depths

2016-06-28T19:37:09+00:00 November 15, 2013|

Five miles offshore from the Golden Nugget casino, Michael F. Crowley, a marine scientist at Rutgers University, heaves three lifeboat-yellow drones off the back of his research vessel.

Program Updates: Year in Review 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:04+00:00 January 4, 2013|

Ocean Leadership has compiled a 2011 Year in Review for our newsletter readers. We hope that this gives you a great understanding of the breadth of work that our organization completed in 2012.

Program Update: Ocean Observatories Initiative – July 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:36+00:00 August 3, 2012|

The next major milestone in construction of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) program’s Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) cabled network component is scheduled for completion this summer with the installation of the primary nodes, the seven main connection points on the network for power and communications. That critical work began in July.

Program Update: Ocean Observatories Initiative – June 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:41+00:00 July 5, 2012|

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) in June continued outreach activities by participating in the 2012 Commercial Marine Expo to meet with representatives of the fishing community and provide information on the Pioneer Array component of the program that will operate off the New England Coast.

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