Brian Glazer, associate professor of Oceanography, was appointed to the newly established “Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board” (OOIFB) for a 3-year term. The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected board members to provide input and guidance regarding the management and operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), a integrated suite of platforms and sensor systems that measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the air-sea interface.
“The OOI has transformed research of the oceans by establishing a network of interactive, globally distributed sensors with near real-time data access, enhancing our capabilities to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling. The design of the OOI enables multiple scales of marine observations integrated into one observing system via common design elements and overarching, interactive Cyberinfrastructure Technology. The coastal assets of the OOI expand existing observations off both U.S. coasts, creating focused, configurable observing regions. Cabled observing platforms ‘wire’ a single region in the Northeast Pacific Ocean with a high speed optical and high power grid. And the global component addresses planetary-scale changes via moored open-ocean buoys linked to shore via satellite.”
After nearly 10 years and expenses of US$386 million, in June 2016, NSF announced that most OOI data were flowing in real time from more than 900 sensors at the 7 sites. The annual budget is approximately $55 million.