Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB)

Welcome to the OOIFB website. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) provides independent input and guidance regarding the management and operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). 

Please join us at the OOIFB Town Hall on Dec 14th
Lightning Talks are welcome!

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) will host a Town Hall at the 2021 Fall AGU meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The Town Hall will be offered in person, as well as virtually, and is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm Central Time. For those attending in-person, the location is the Convention Center, Room 395-396.  The community will have the opportunity to hear the latest information about the OOI facility, the Pioneer Array relocation plans, and early career scientists’ activities; meet the OOIFB members; and learn about research using OOI data.   Recent updates to the OOI Data Explorer tool will also be presented.

The Town Hall will include a series of lightning presentations where scientists are invited to present one slide in one minute explaining how they have used (or plan to use) freely available observatory data in their respective research. We hope you will consider presenting a slide in the lightning session.

 Click HERE to learn more about the OOIFB Town Hall and to sign up to give a Lightning Talk.

OOI Pioneer Array to Relocate to MAB!

It’s official, the next location of the OOI (Ocean Observatories Initiative) Coastal Pioneer Array is the Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB) and the move will take place in 2024.  The geographic footprint championed during the NSF-sponsored Innovations Lab #1 is the region of the MAB between Cape Hatteras and Norfolk Canyon.  This region offers opportunities to collect data on a wide variety of cross-disciplinary science topics including cross-shelf exchange, land-sea interactions associated with large estuarine systems, a highly productive ecosystem with major fisheries, and carbon cycle processes. This location also offers opportunities to improve our understanding of hurricane development, tracking and prediction, and offshore wind partnerships. Click HERE to read more and learn how you can help to optimize the OOI Pioneer Array configuration for its new location!

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Science Plan: Exciting Opportunities Using OOI Data – now available!

This 2021 OOI Science Plan articulates the exciting research, educational opportunities, and pathways to advancing the understanding of high-priority science questions using OOI data.  Specifically, the Plan is intended to inspire and enable the research endeavors of ocean scientists and educators, encourage collaborations, and motivate the training of future generations of scientists. The Science Plan includes a high-level synopsis of the current OOI network. Innovative platforms and technologies, best practices, and educational opportunities provided by OOI data are highlighted. To access the OOI Science Plan, please click HERE.

Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists
Applications now open!

Do you need funding support to present your OOI research?

The Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship helps early career scientists and graduate students who are actively involved in research and/or education programs using Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) data. The Fellowship provides funding support for the recipient to participate in and present a paper or poster on research or education using OOI data at a national or international conference or workshop. Participation in conferences that promote diversity and inclusiveness are encouraged.  Multiple awards are planned this year.

If you need funding to offset conference expenses (registration fees, travel costs, accommodations, etc.), we encourage you to apply.  Conference participation can be in-person or virtual.  Information on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply is available HERE

Larry P. Atkinson
1941 – 2020

Dr. Larry Atkinson, the inaugural Chair of the OOI Facility Board (OOIFB), died on December 22, 2020.  Larry served as the OOIFB Chair from May 2017 until November 2019 and Past-Chair since that time.  He worked to expand scientific and public awareness of OOI. Larry promoted inclusiveness and was an advocate for the science community who used OOI data. As OOIFB Chair, Larry had a particular focus on students and early career scientists, and he worked to highlight their use of OOI.

Larry generously served the oceanographic community for more than five decades by sharing his time, knowledge, and leadership to support ocean initiatives. 

We will greatly miss Larry’s wisdom, leadership, and kindness.  To read more, click HERE.