Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems

In January 2010, WHOI was awarded $8.1 million from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to construct a 20,000-square-foot Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS). It will be built on the WHOI Quissett Campus, north of the Clark Laboratory with a corridor connecting the two buildings.

The new lab’s largest group of tenants will be scientists and engineers working on the newly launched Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), a $300 million effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build, implement, and operate coordinated systems of moored buoys, undersea cabled networks, and autonomous underwater vehicles. All these will be equipped with sensors to measure ocean conditions and processes and provide a continuous flow of data in near-real time to scientists and marine resource managers on shore.

The building houses offices, labs, and a high bay to develop instruments, sensors, moorings, buoys, and other observatory platforms.