Buoy testing

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The first buoy designed for the Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) undergoes testing at the dock in January of 2010. As part of OOI’s global array of tools to collect ocean data and observations, the buoys will be linked to shore via satellite (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The OOI, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, is planned as a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. The OOI will be one fully integrated system collecting data on coastal, regional and global scales.

Greater knowledge of the ocean’s interrelated systems is vital for increased understanding of their effects on biodiversity, ocean and coastal ecosystems, ecosystem health and climate change. OOI will put real time ocean observing data in the hands of a vast user community of oceanographers, scientists and researchers, educators and the public.

The OOI includes observatory systems to study coastal ocean regions; a global ocean network; a cabled regional observatory extending off the Pacific Northwest coast; a cyber-infrastructure component to collect and disseminate data; and an education and public engagement component.
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OOI's Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) comprise global buoys to address planetary-scale problems at four critical high latitude locations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and, on the coastal scale, a permanent and transportable array of buoys and autonomous vehicles deployed off the Mid-Atlantic Bight, designed to study coastal processes and to monitor changes in coastal systems.

WHOI is responsible for the design, build, deployment and operation of the CGSN assets.
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