CGSN Updates

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program Successfully Completes At Sea Equipment Test
May 30, 2012

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program Successfully Completes At Sea Equipment Test

The 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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Instrument Package
October 18, 2011

WHOI and Ocean Leadership Select Pro-Oceanus Systems to Provide OOI Instrument Packages

WHOI 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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At Sea Mooring
September 2011

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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WHOI Selects Hydroid to Provide Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for Ocean Observatories Initiative
July 8, 2011

WHOI Selects Hydroid to Provide Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for Ocean Observatories Initiative

WHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced Hydroid will provide Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and docking stations to support the OOI's Pioneer Array.
» WHOI news release
» COL news release
» Hydroid

WHOI Selects Teledyne Webb Research to Provide Open Ocean Gliders for Ocean Observatories Initiative
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
» COL news release
» Teledyne Webb Research

West Coast Inshore Mooring Tests
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.

» News feature
» Slideshow



Selection of Teledyne Webb Research to Provide Coastal Gliders
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).

» WHOI news release
» COL news release
» Teledyne Webb Research



LOSOS groundbreaking
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.

» WHOI news release
» Video of news conference highlights



ASIMET instrument package added to weather buoys
April 2010

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.

» More about ASIMET instrument package



Test mooring deployment
January 2010

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.

» More about the EOM mooring



WHOI Receives $8.1 Million Grant to Construct New Laboratory
January 2010

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.

» WHOI news release



September 2009

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).



August 2009

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.



March 2008

Final Design Review 2

NSF directed OOI design change required a second Final Design Review.



February 2009

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.



November 2008

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.”

» Final Design Review, Panel Report (pdf)



December 2007

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.

» PDR documents on Ocean Leadership website



August 2007

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.

» WHOI news release
» Oceanus magazine feature
» Highlight video of news conference announcing award



March 2007

Request for proposal for the Coastal Global Site Node (CGSN)