2007 WHOI, Scripps, OSU to Play Key Role in NSF’s Ocean Observatories Initiative

August 23, 2007

The Joint Oceanographic
Institutions (JOI) has awarded a $97.7 million contract to an academic
partnership led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), to support
the development, installation, and initial operation of the coastal and global
components of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative

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. This award completes the
management team to construct and implement the $331.5 million OOI Network.

A press briefing formally announcing the contract was held at WHOI’s Dyer’s Dock in Woods Hole, Mass., on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Click here to read
the national press release, or here for a regional press release on the program. Click on one of the following links to view video excerpts of the news conference: in RealPlayer
— in Quicktime — in Windows Media.

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The news briefing included:
• The Honorable Tim Murray, Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• The Honorable William Delahunt, U.S. Representative, 10th District of Massachusetts
• The Honorable Therese Murray, Senate President, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Dr. Holly Given, Director of Ocean Observing, Joint Oceanographic
• Ian A. Bowles, Secretary of Energy and
Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Daniel O’Connell, Secretary of Housing
and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Dr. James Luyten, President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
• Mitchell Adams, Executive Director, Massachusetts Technology

observatory contract will be led and managed by a diverse team of
scientists, engineers, and technicians. Learn more about them by
clicking here.

Support for the WHOI-led coastal and global pieces of the Ocean Observatories Initiative will be provided through
the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction program of the National Science
Foundation, with additional regional support from the John Adams Innovation Institute, Massachusetts
Technology Collaborative.

Members of the media should click here for more contact information.