Public Event: Pioneering New Ocean Science Frontiers

Come to see, listen and learn more about ocean observatories off our coast



Saturday, September 17, 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
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Pioneering New Ocean Science Frontiers
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the backdrop for this first-hand look at cutting edge ocean technology and to talk to the scientists and engineers who build and use them. Learn about how ocean observatories are transforming ocean science and meet some of the people making the dream of ocean interactivity a reality.

At the museum entrance, visitors will have an up-close view of:

  • Surface buoy
  • "Gumby" hose technology
  • Multifunction node.

Displays in the museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Glider
  • REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle
  • Moored Profiler

Talks in the museum auditorium at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Introduction & Welcome
    Tim Cowles, Vice President & Director, Ocean Observing Programs, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Our Shared Ocean
    Susan Avery, President & Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Bringing the Ocean to You!
    Leslie Smith, OOI PMO Communications Intern, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Science Issues & Motivation for the OOI Pioneer Array
    Glen Gawarkiewicz, Senior Scientist,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • The Pioneer Array - Observing a Complex System
    Al Plueddemann, Senior Scientist,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • OOI, SMAST, and the Community
    Steve Lohrenz, Dean of the School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), UMass Dartmouth

Fun for all ages! Learn to more about the nation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative and the components of the system that will operate off the New England coast.

More Information

For more information, contact:
(508) 289-2252 or (202) 787-1685


This event is sponsored by the Ocean Observatories Initiative Program and the  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

The Ocean Observatories Initiative, 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.