Ocean observatories initiative moves forward



An academic partnership led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been awarded a $97.7 million contract by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions to support the development, installation, and initial operation of the coastal and global components of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

The three academic partners—WHOI, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences—will help with the development of moored buoys, cabled nodes, and autonomous vehicles; this, in turn, will provide researchers with data and allow for the remote control of instruments and the construction of virtual observatories to meet scientific needs.