OOIFB Action Items – 2018

Action: OOIFB-2018-1 (complete) – Review and provide input to Engineering Change Request from Dennis McGillicuddy and colleagues regarding Pioneer.

  • OOIFB reviewed application, heard input from WHOI engineers, and discussed process.

Action Taken:

  • 3/9/2018 The OOIFB held a conference call on March 7, 2018 to discuss the OOI Engineering Change Request (ECR) 1300-00583: Pioneer AUV Sampling Modification.  We feel that this type of request is exactly what should be happening as researchers learn about the capabilities of OOI. We heard from OOI personnel at WHOI who concurred that there would be minimal, to no impact on the OOI sampling schedules.  OOIFB input to your request is that the ECR proposing AUV sampling changes to support an NSF-funded proposal by Dennis McGillicuddy and colleagues be approved.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-2 (complete): AGU Fall Meeting Town Hall

  • Identify an OOIFB member to draft an abstract for an OOIFB Town Hall. The abstract should be not more than 200 words and include a description of the target audience and goals. The Town Hall should focus on community engagement. The submitter must be an AGU member with dues up to date for 2018. Abstracts will be accepted from mid-June to 1 August, 2018 https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/town-halls/. If the Town Hall is accepted the OOIFB member will provide a leadership role in organizing the Town Hall.

Action Taken:

  • The OOIFB Town Hall was held on Dec 10, 2018.  Larry Atkinson and Tim Crone led the discussions.  The session included as series of Lightning talks by OOI users.  About 90 people were in attendance.  Audience real-time participation was enhanced by Sli.do poll during the Town Hall.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-3 (complete): OOI Non-Profit Collaborations Statement

  • The OOIFB should prepare a statement regarding collaborations with non-profit organizations with an interest in OOI.

Action Taken:

  • Prepared OOIFB Statement for OOIFB endorsement:

There are numerous nonprofit organizations making valuable contributions to ocean science. The OOIFB encourages the OOI operating institutions and the National Science Foundation to explore potential collaborations with them to maximize progress in ocean observing science.

  • Endorsed by OOIFB on 1/23/19

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Action: OOIFB-2018-4 (complete): North East Pacific Partners Statement

  • The OOIFB should prepare a statement regarding OOI and Regional Observing Partners in the North East Pacific region. The statement should encourage ties between these groups that will allow for efficient operations and observations through sharing lessons learned and enhanced communications.

Action Taken:

  • Prepared draft statement
  • Requested feedback from NANOOS and ONC
  • OOIFB suggested adding IRIS to the statement.
  • OOIFB endorsed the statement on 1/23/19:

 Northeast Pacific Partners Statement:

The OOI observing systems in the northeast Pacific provide long-term climate scale and geophysical observations that complement other long-term observing systems in the region. These systems include the following:

  • Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) that is part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System supported mainly by NOAA,
  • Ocean Station Papa operated by NOAA,
  • Line P operated by the Canadian Institute of Ocean Sciences,
  • Ocean Networks Canada that operates the Neptune cabled array on the northern end of the Juan de Fuca plate and Cascadia Margin as well as many other ocean observing systems throughout Canadian waters,
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
  • And many others.

Since the goal of these projects is to make long-term measurements it could be beneficial to increase the level of coordination between the various organizations. The benefits of such coordination could, for example, include accelerating the development and sharing of best practices, reducing duplication of efforts, reducing ship time costs and assuring unbroken time series data sets, gaining lessons learned in instrumentation, and combined outreach efforts.

OOIFB encourages such coordination.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-5 (complete): Transition from Voting to Non-Voting member

Action Taken

  • OOIFB Voting Member, Kendra Daly, was transitioned to a non-voting OOIFB member for the period that she was supported by COL for OOI-related work. Work with COL ended on September 30, 2018, at which time Kendra transitioned back to an OOIFB voting member.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-6 (complete): OOIFB Charter Motion

Action Taken:

  • The OOIFB unanimously passed a motion to adopt the OOIFB Charter dated May 8, 2018 (O’Donnell/He).

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Action: OOIFB-2018-7 (complete): Review 2018 Annual Workplan 

Action Taken:

  • OOIFB reviewed a draft Annual Workplan in mid-August and submitted a summary to NSF on August 20, 2018

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Action: OOIFB 2018-8 (tabled): OOIFB should prepare a Ship Scheduling Statement regarding potential risk to the OOI program when cruises are scheduled outside of the weather window.

The OOI arrays require annual or biannual servicing for maintenance, repair, repowering, and replacement of systems and sensors. To accomplish these operations, the OOI program requests ship time, typically aboard vessels of the academic research fleet. These at-sea operations are required to ensure continued, high quality OOI data collection.

The OOI arrays are located in geographic regions significantly influenced by seasonal weather trends. The ability to service the arrays within the weather windows that are conducive to ship and over-the-side handling operations is important to optimize the success of array performance and data collection.

Action Taken:

  • In consideration of this topic, it was recognized that NSF representatives along with the UNOLS ship schedulers go to great efforts to schedule expeditions as close to the requested time periods as feasible.  Limited ship availability along with weather constraints introduce challenges to their efforts.  The schedulers and agency representatives work together to schedule ship and facility time so that it will optimize success of the planned operations.  No action is required.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-9 (ongoing): OOIFB should draft a Science Plan/White Paper:

  • Develop a white paper type document on OOI’s exciting science potential with a section on each component.
  • Request information that is needed for the plan.
  • Draft a high-level outline
  • Pull away from Traceability matrices

Action Taken:

  • Science Plan/Paper discussed during May 2019 OOIFB meeting:
    • Create a science plan/ roadmap on how to use the data and propose the use.
    • Make it into a living document:
    • Review the science plan to see if it is still relevant.
    • Within the Plan, insert links to the systems that are deployed in the water.
    • Include broad statements that relate the systems to the science themes.
    • Add science sidebars
    • Source material could include TOS journal articles and Ocean Obs 19 papers.
    • Strategies for updating the Plan will be discussed at the Nov 2019 OOIFB meeting.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-10 (complete): Prepare an OOIFB recommendation regarding transition of PI instruments to core OOI supported instruments.

Action Taken:

  • OOIFB discussion during October 2018 meeting.
  • OOIFB Recommendation – Transition to Core should be the rare exception.  Resources for recovery must be identified in proposal.  Reference the OOI policy on their website.
  • Sent recommendation to NSF on 2/19/19.

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Action: OOIFB-2018-11 (Closed): Develop education and outreach strategies.

  • Form a subcommittee/working group to brainstorm strategies.  Sarah Gille and Dax have expressed interest.  Lisa Rom would like to stay engaged.
  • Should there be a workshop?
  • If so, what would be the goals?
  • Create an inventory of educational programs.
  • May OOIFB meeting – an opportunity to engage Early Careeer Scientist users.

Action Taken:

  • Discussion and Presentations during May 2019 OOIFB Meeting – OOI education activities were reported on at the May meeting.  The education community is making good progress.  OOIFB decided that increased engagement and outreach to the science community is needed (see Action OOIFB-2019-5).

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Action: OOIFB-2018-12 (complete): NSF requests input from the OOIFB regarding the changes proposed within the Irmginger Glider ECR (task received 11/29/18).

Action Taken:

  • ECR was discussion focus of OOIFB web-conference on December 5th at 3:00 pm EST
  • OOIFB provides response to NSF on 12/12/18:  
    On December 5th, the OOIFB reviewed Engineering Change Request (ECR) 1300-00625, OOI 2.0 Irminger glider sampling modification.  Al Plueddemann provided background information regarding the ECR.  OOIFB agreed that the ECR presented a practical approach for dealing with the glider power issue.  OOIFB endorses ECR 1300-00625.