Northeast Pacific OOI Community Workshop 2022

June 7 to 9, 2022
Portland, Oregon

Hosted by the OOI Facility Board with funding provided by the National Science Foundation.


Tuesday, 6/79:00 am to 5:00 pm PT
OSU Portland Center, followed by an evening Poster Reception at The Benson

Wednesday, 6/8 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PT
OSU Portland Center, followed by an evening Poster Reception at The Benson

Thursday, 6/9 – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm PT
OSU Portland Center

Friday, 6/10 – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm PT – Q&A session on OOI Data Delivery with focus on the Data Explorer
OSU Portland Center

Recap of Successful NE Pacific OOI Workshop


The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) hosted a workshop on June 7-9, 2022 focusing on current and future science that can be addressed using data from OOI’s infrastructure in the Northeast Pacific and other regional observatory arrays.  This workshop was originally scheduled to be held in 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A hybrid model was followed, which allowed for in-person, along with virtual, participation.

The workshop was aimed at researchers who are using or are considering using OOI data and/or adding instrumentation to OOI infrastructure; resource managers from national, state, and tribal agencies; and educators at all levels interested in using data from the OOI’s Cabled, Endurance, and Station Papa Arrays.  

The workshop worked to inform the research community of the available data and science opportunities offered by the OOI and other observatory arrays located in the Northeast Pacific. An overview of OOI data products, user interfaces, and system features was provided along with demonstrations using Data Explorer and other data access tools. OOI Program Team members and NSF representatives were on hand to answer questions and provide information on OOI operations.

The workshop provided a forum to facilitate science collaborations, identify strategies for engaging future users of OOI, and build cross-network collaborations.  Community-building and expanding broader impacts were discussed.  Workshop participants had the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences in working with the OOI systems and data. 

Workshop Logistics

Hotel Accommodations:

Accommodations, the Workshop Dinner, and evening poster sessions will be held at the The Benson.

Guests can book reservations through the Northeast Pacific OOI Workshop booking link . Alternatively, guests can call hotel reservations directly at 800-774-1500 or 503-228-2000 and mention that they are part of the NEPAC 2022 Group. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 9, 2022 to receive the special group rate.

Additional information about The Benson:

  • Address: 309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (four blocks from the OSU Portland Center)
  • Rate: $182.00 plus tax
  • Wifi is complimentary.
  • Parking: Guest overnight valet parking is $42.00 per day. Additional parking options are listed below.

COVID-19 Guidance:

All workshop participants will be required to show proof of vaccination and booster(s). Social distancing and masking requirements will be in place during the workshop and will follow the CDC guidance at the time of the workshop. Additional details will be provided as the workshop gets closer.

Transportation and Parking:

Transportation options at the Portland, Oregon airport can be found at:

Light Rail transportation is available within Portland: 

The Benson offers valet parking with unlimited in/out for $42/night. Other local parking options:

  • US Motor Bank Garage, 650 SW Oak St.
  • SW Oak St. Lot #43, 810 SW Oak St.
  • City Center Parking (Morgan Bldg Garage) Lot #56, 720 SW Washington St.


In-person, as well as virtual, participation in the workshop will be by application.  The application form will ask how you would like to participate in the workshop (in person or virtual). If you would like to volunteer to present a poster, a brief description of the poster will be requested.

Limited funding is available to offset participant travel expenses. When completing the application form, you will be asked if funding is requested, and if so how much.

Update 3/24/22: We have reached room capacity with applications submitted to date; however, we are starting a waiting list for in-person participation. Please submit your application for in-person participation to be placed on this waiting list. There is still room for virtual participation; applications are still encouraged and the deadline is May 5.

Photo credits: Right and left image – University of Washington, NSF-OOI/CSSF, Center image – NSF-OOI Endurance Array Program, OSU