Technical considerations for relocating the Pioneer Array

This web page is provided to offer historical information on the process that was implemented to gather community feedback on informing a new location for the Pioneer Array.

WHOI’s (Coastal and Global Scale Node) CGSN team will continue to operate the Pioneer Array and the CGSN team will be responsible for the overall management of the relocation effort. This will include design of any modifications required for a new Pioneer Array location, permitting requirements, recovery of the current Pioneer Array, and deployment of the Pioneer Array if a new location is recommended.  Costs associated with operation of the Pioneer Array at its proposed location must remain within OOI’s annual operating budget. It is important to note that maintaining the Pioneer Array at its current location can be considered as an option.

In selecting a new site, an array similar in size and capability as the current Pioneer Array system is anticipated.  The sensors, instruments, and platforms currently deployed will likely be available for relocation at any new location.  

Preliminary Information for the next Pioneer Array Location – During the Fall AGU Meeting on December 8, 2020, the CGSN team shared preliminary information that should be considered by individuals proposing a new site for the Pioneer Array, click here for details.

A video recording of the full session is also available at:

Phase I Micro Lab – A Micro Lab was held on January 13, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST, where representatives from NSF along with the current operator of the Pioneer Array presented information about the selection process as well as technical details about the Pioneer Array.  The Pioneer Array characteristics that should be considered when proposing a new location was discussed. Individuals interested in applying for the Phase I Innovations Lab, were encouraged to attend the Micro Lab.  

Other Resouces:

  • Gawarkiewicz, G. and A. Plueddemann. 2020. Scientific rationale and conceptual design of a process-oriented shelf break observatory: the OOI Pioneer Array. Journal of Operational Oceanography. Vol 13, 2020 – Issue 1.