Ocean Observatories


Ocean Observatories

Citizens, sailors, and scientists have observed the seas for centuries, first from the shore, then from ships and submersibles, and…

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Pioneer Array

Animation of a coastal component of the Ocean Observatory Initiative. Originally published online January 1, 2009

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Life at the Edge

What makes the shelf break front such a productive and diverse part of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean? A group of scientists on the research vessel Neil Armstrong spent two weeks at sea in 2018 as part of a three-year, NSF-funded project to find out.

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Pioneer Turnaround

Twice each year, scientists, engineers, and technicians make three short (7-10 day) trips on the research vessel Neil Armstrong to…

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Aqua Incognita

Aqua Incognita

There is a jar of money in the conference room of the Mooring Operations & Engineering (MOE) team at Woods…

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Pinocchio’s Nose

Pinocchio's Nose

It took only a month for the new Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to reveal insights about shifting ocean circulation patterns…

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A Pioneering Vision

A Pioneering Vision

In 2005, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution devised a revolutionary plan: They would deploy about 150 scientific instruments in…

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The Hotspot for Marine Life

The Hotspot for Marine Life

The continental shelfbreak in the waters off New England is an area where a spectacular abundance and diversity of marine life aggregate year-round. The Pioneer Array, a part of the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative, was placed there to help scientists explore the processes that make the shelfbreak so productive.

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All the Ocean’s a Stage

All the Ocean's a Stage

“All right, Mr. Brickley, the show begins at two o’clock,” John Kemp announced as he entered the ship’s main lab…

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