The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) hosted a Town Hall at the 2022 Fall AGU Meeting on December 12th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Central Time.  The Town Hall was offered in-person, as well as virtually. The community had the opportunity to hear the latest information about the OOI Facility Board activities, OOI facility, Pioneer Array relocation plans, and learn about research using OOI data.  

Town Hall Title: TH15B – Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board Town Hall

George Voulgaris presents the NSF OOI update

Date and Time: Monday, 12 December 2022 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Central Time

Location: McCormick Place, Room: S106a

Agenda: The agenda is available HERE

Town Hall Presentations: Slides are available here.

Lightning Talk Presentations: Slides are available here.

The Town Hall was aimed at researchers who are now using or are considering using OOI data, researchers interested in adding instrumentation to the OOI infrastructure, and educators at all levels interested in the OOI.  We hope to see you at the next OOIFB Town Hall!


The Town Hall included a series of lightning presentations where scientists presented one slide in one minute explaining how they have used (or plan to use) freely available observatory data in their respective research.  This was an opportunity to highlight users experience with OOI. 

The OOIFB teamed up with the OOI booth exhibitor to offer a time slot during the meeting to highlight all of the lightning talks.

Amy Bower from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Please note all applications are closed- Sign-up now to present a lightning talk – If you are using (or plan to use) OOI data and wish to present a lightning talk during the Town Hall, please sign up HERE by November 21st [Please note, the deadline has past and all slots for lightning talks have been filled].  From the applications submitted, we will work to select six lightning talks for the Town Hall that can highlight the exciting research that is being done across the entire OOI Facility.

Jiaqi Fang -from the California Institute of Technology

Funding Available for AGU Fall Meeting Registration Fee – Please note, all participants and presenters during the OOIFB Town Hall must be registered for the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting.  Funding was available to offset the registration fees for students and early career scientists (ECS) who presented a lightning talk.  Funding is limited and the first 8 student/ECS applications will be considered for reimbursement. The Lightning Talk application form includes space for requesting registration fee reimbursement.