Tracking Critical Ocean Processes with OOI’s Networked Sensor Grid
Through an integrated network of advanced sensors extending from the Irminger Sea to the Southern Ocean, the OOI will provide the high-quality data necessary to track climate, evaluate ecosystem change, and address other critical ocean processes that influence our future.
The OOI’s networked sensor grid will collect ocean and seafloor data at high sampling rates over years to decades. Researchers will make simultaneous, interdisciplinary measurements to investigate a spectrum of phenomena including episodic, short-lived events (tectonic, volcanic, oceanographic, biological, and meteorological), and more subtle, longer-term changes and emergent phenomena in ocean systems (circulation patterns, climate change, ocean acidity, and ecosystem trends).
Geographical Distribution of OOI Technology
- Four Global sites consist of surface buoys, flanking moorings, profiler moorings, and gliders.
- The Pioneer Array consists of surface buoys, profiler moorings, benthic packages, gliders, and AUVs.
- The Endurance Array consists of surface buoys, profiler moorings, benthic packages, and gliders. Some moorings are cabled to the Regional Scale Array.
- The Regional Scale Array consists of cabled nodes, seafloor instrumentation, and profiler moorings.