Developing & Rationalizing the List of OOI Sensors
The OOI core sensor suite comprises the instruments and sensors that will address the key science themes of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. This set of core sensors was derived from the OOI Science Requirements.
The preliminary lists of core sensors were compiled from across the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) and Coastal/Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) infrastructure designs to determine where common instrumentation and sensor types could be used. These results are compiled into a combined OOI Sensor List with multiple sensor types, representing the hundreds of identified OOI core sensors.
Before efforts were made to identify the common sensors across the OOI, there were 67 different sensor types. The final sensor types are based on the measurement specifications (as stated in the OOI Science Requirements) and practical considerations. Installing fewer sensor types (i.e., different makes/models of the same sensor type) provides for efficiencies and economies in purchasing, interface and driver development, calibration and maintenance, and sparing.