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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?


Those of you who contributed to prior versions of the OOI (nee ORION) ….

…. take a deep breath,

… relax, and

… prepare yourselves …


Global: 3 sites (nee ORION) ….

(was 11)

Regional: 5 nodes

(was 9)

Coastal: 2 sites

(was 6)

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


Transformative Technologies & Capabilities (nee ORION) ….

(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 (nee ORION) …. (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.


Sub-epipelagic Diapycnal Mixing (nee ORION) ….

  • 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 (nee ORION) ….

  • 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.


SOEST/Ocean/PO Involvement in OOI Infrastructure: (nee ORION) ….

Roger Lukas and Bruce Howe - Cabled Mooring w/Profilers


SOEST/Ocean/PO Involvement in OOI Infrastructure: (nee ORION) ….

Bruce Howe - gliders with

acoustic modems

5+ gliders needed at each

of 5 C-GSN sites.


SOEST/Ocean/PO Involvement in OOI Sensors: (nee ORION) ….

Doug Luther - HPIES


SOEST Potential Involvement in OOI O&M: (nee ORION) ….

  • Glider operations

  • ADCP QA/QC


How Should SOEST Prepare? (nee ORION) ….

  • 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 (nee ORION) ….

  • 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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