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).
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.
NEW FOR 2021: Learn how you can participate in the selection of the next Pioneer Array location
The OOIFB and the NSF are launching a process to consider whether to move the Pioneer Array from its current location, on the New England shelf and slope south of Martha’s Vineyard, to a new location. Selection of the next OOI Pioneer Array location, or decision to maintain the Array at its current location, will be driven by community input on the important science questions that can be addressed with observations from a potential new Array location. Click HERE to learn how you can participate in the selection process.
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. He was an Eminent Scholar Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University.
In May 2020, the OOI Facility Board (OOIFB) along with representatives of the National Science Foundation founded the Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding leadership as the Inaugural Chair of the OOIFB (see details below).
We will greatly miss Larry’s wisdom, leadership, and kindness. His obituary is available here.
The OOI Facility Board establishes the “Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists”
On May 14, 2020, the OOI Facility Board established the Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists and virtually presented Larry with a plaque recognizing the occasion.
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 travel support for the recipient to attend and present a paper or poster on research or education using OOI data at a national or international conference or workshop. The Fellowship will be awarded annually.
The OOI Facility Board (OOIFB) along with representatives of the National Science Foundation founded the Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding leadership as the inaugural Chair of the OOIFB.
How to Donate: If you wish to provide a contribution to support the Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists, please contact the OOIFB Office at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for donation information.