May 30, 2012
Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program Successfully Completes At Sea Equipment TestThe Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) in April successfully recovered equipment deployed for at sea tests in the waters south of New England.
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October 18, 2011
WHOI and Ocean Leadership Select Pro-Oceanus Systems to Provide OOI Instrument PackagesWHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership have awarded a contract to Pro-Oceanus Systems, Inc., of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada, to provide Partial Pressure of CO2, or p(CO2) , air-sea instrument packages for the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative program.
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The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) program successfully deployed moorings off the New England Coast, marking the first comprehensive test of an OOI system on the East Coast.The large surface buoy is deployed off R/V Oceanus during the At Sea Test deployments in September 2011. The buoy contains instruments to measure air-sea interactions, solar and wind generators to recharge the mooring's batteries, and satellite communications equipment to send data to shore. Below the mooring, an instrument frame can be outfitted with additional sensors; the mooring's anchor is designed so it can be recovered from its seafloor location, 500 meters below the surface. One of three moorings deployed as part of the OOI's At Sea Test, the surface mooring will be in place for approximately seven months with a planned recovery in April 2012. After recovery, the OOI team will combine telemetered and recorded engineering data with observation and testing of mooring materials to evaluate performance.
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July 8, 2011
WHOI Selects Hydroid to Provide Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for Ocean Observatories InitiativeWHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced Hydroid will provide Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and docking stations to support the OOI's Pioneer Array.
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June 21, 2011
WHOI Selects Teledyne Webb Research to Provide Open Ocean Gliders for OOI
WHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced Teledyne Webb Research will provide open ocean gliders supporting the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes component of the OOI.» WHOI news release
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March 19-20, 2011
West Coast Inshore Mooring Tests
OOI conducted the first step in testing surface moorings in the ocean off the coast of Oregon and Washington. It was part of the overall OOI program to deploy a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor.
March 15, 2011
Selection of Teledyne Webb Research to Provide Coastal Gliders for OOI
WHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (OL) announce Teledyne Webb Research, of East Falmouth, Mass., will provide coastal gliders supporting the Pioneer and Endurance Arrays of the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN).
August 4, 2010
WHOI Marks New LOSOS Lab with Groundbreaking Celebration
Equipped with an $8.1 million federal Recovery Act grant and a shovel, WHOI celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS) at the Clark Laboratory on the Institution’s Quissett Campus.
ASIMET instrument package added to weather buoys
The first of four NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) buoys, augmented with an instrument package, called ASIMET, and designed at WHOI to measure visible and infrared radiation, was deployed at station 44011 off Georges Bank. The upgrade was funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As of April 2010, fifteen WHOI employees have been hired to work on the CGSN.
Test mooring deployment
The OOI team at WHOI deployed its first East Coast test mooring — an EOM (Electro-Optical-Mechanical) mooring—at the OOI Pioneer Array site. The deployment will also test the first WHOI use of a Fleet Broadband 250 satellite telemetry unit on a surface buoy.
WHOI receives $8.1 million grant from NIST to construct a new laboratory
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a grant to WHOI of $8.1 million to construct a new Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2012.
CGSN construction begins
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and NSF signed an agreement, which starts the flow of money for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).
Proposal submitted to the NIST for space
WHOI submitted a proposal to the National Institute for Standards of Technology (NIST) for a new building on the Quissett campus to provide space for assembly, testing, and maintenance of OOI equipment, an Operations Management Center for the on-going monitoring of the equipment, and office space for management and sustaining engineering personnel.
Final Design Review 2
NSF directed OOI design change required a second Final Design Review.
Stimulus Package Funds
The U.S. House and Senate conference committee agreed on the details of an approximately $790 billion stimulus package. The package included $400 million for NSF’s Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction account – the account that would fund the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) as well as the Alaska Research Vessel.
Final Design Review 1
Specific to the WHOI-led Coastal and Global Site Node (CGSN), the panel found the team had demonstrated substantial progress since the preliminary design review and that the CGSN is “ripe and ready to go.”
Preliminary Design Review
A Preliminary Design Review (PDR), conducted for the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, was held on December 4-7, 2007. The 20-member panel was asked to assess the robustness of the technical design and completeness of the budget and construction planning, the effectiveness of project management through the PDR stage of development, as well as plans for the remaining design work, construction, commissioning and eventual operation of the OOI Network. This review was important in finalizing the design of the OOI and in developing a construction proposal.
WHOI selected as the Implementing Organization (IO) for the CGSN of NSF's OOI
The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) awards a $97.7 million contract to an academic partnership led by the WHOI to support the development, installation, and initial operation of the coastal and global components of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The WHOI partnership includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.