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 new building will house offices, labs, and a high bay to develop instruments, sensors, moorings, buoys, and other observatory platforms. Construction is set to begin in late spring 2011.
Many members of the WHOI CGSN team have offices in a building leased by WHOI on Carlson Lane in Falmouth, MA. The 13,800 sq.ft. space includes offices for many of the CGSN scientists, engineers, technicians, project managers and administrators. It also contains a 3,000 sq. ft. bay where the team constructs and tests some CGSN components and equipment.