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NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) & SOEST/Ocean/PO. Briefly: What is the OOI? & Why do we need it?. Who in SOEST/Ocean/PO is currently involved?. Some opportunities for additional involvement/funding. How can SOEST prepare for these opportunities?.

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nsf ocean observatories initiative ooi soest ocean po

NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) & SOEST/Ocean/PO

  • Briefly: What is the OOI? & Why do we need it?
  • Who in SOEST/Ocean/PO is currently involved?
  • Some opportunities for additional involvement/funding.
  • How can SOEST prepare for these opportunities?
  • Caveat: Do we understand what we’re getting into?
slide2
Those of you who contributed to prior versions of the OOI (nee ORION) ….

…. take a deep breath,

… relax, and

… prepare yourselves …

slide3

Global: 3 sites

(was 11)

Regional: 5 nodes

(was 9)

Coastal: 2 sites

(was 6)

But … the fewer sites have more infrastructure and sensors ...

slide5

Transformative Technologies & Capabilities

(yes, they’re still intact, mostly)

  • Continuous & plentiful power.
  • High-bandwidth, real-time, 2-way communication.
  • Mobile platforms - vertically & horizontally.
  • Sustained presence in extreme environments.
  • Sustained presence in contrasting environments.
  • Sensor networks.
enabled experimental paradigms yes they re still intact mostly
Enabled Experimental Paradigms (yes, they’re still intact, mostly)
  • Continuous, rapid, temporal sampling over long time periods.
  • Deployment of power hungry sensors for long time periods.
  • Command and control; adaptive sampling.
  • Event detection and rapid response.
  • Simultaneous deployment of arrays of multi-disciplinary

sensors over long periods of time.

  • 4-D obs of variables & processes over long periods of time.
slide7

Sub-epipelagic Diapycnal Mixing

  • Impacts:
    • vertical nutrient fluxes
    • stratification maintenance
    • thermohaline circulation
  • Many processes contribute.
  • Action occurs near topography.
  • Action occurs on small time

scales and is highly episodic.

  • So, need:
    • sustained observations
    • temporal & vertical resolution
      • full-depth profiling
    • horizontal delineation
      • gliders; moorings
    • multiple environments
      • smooth; hilly; scarps
      • shallow & deep
    • adaptive sampling

Courtesy: M. Levine, OSU

ooi funding opportunities
OOI Funding Opportunities
  • Only OOI Funds (not individual PI research funds)
  • $331M for 6-yr build out (average of $55M/yr)
    • substantial fraction for infrastructure & sensor sub-contracts
  • $1 Billion for 20-yr O&M ($50M/yr)
    • substantial fraction for instrument maintenance & data QA/QC, etc.
slide9

SOEST/Ocean/PO Involvement in OOI Infrastructure:

Roger Lukas and Bruce Howe - Cabled Mooring w/Profilers

slide10

SOEST/Ocean/PO Involvement in OOI Infrastructure:

Bruce Howe - gliders with

acoustic modems

5+ gliders needed at each

of 5 C-GSN sites.

slide12

SOEST Potential Involvement in OOI O&M:

  • Glider operations
  • ADCP QA/QC
slide13

How Should SOEST Prepare?

  • Glider facility should be nurtured and generate a
  • documented performance record.
  • To compete for awards for constructing infrastructure,

such as gliders, or instruments, ESF needs to be

strengthened, with clearly defined and well-regarded

operating procedures, and scheduling & cost control.

  • To bolster claim that we can handle continuous streams

of data, providing QA/QC 24/7, the HIOOIS DMAC

facility must be fully functional and successful.

  • Be prepared for cost matching …
caveat maximus
Caveat Maximus
  • Contracts are for services, not research.
  • Data are not proprietary.
  • Maintaining data streams & facilities 24/7 could be a black hole for researcher time/effort.
  • While bringing in funds, effort doesn’t necessarily increase SOEST’s prestige.
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