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  1.   [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Discourse_logo.png" link="#"]Source: Discourse Team[/media-caption] The Ocean Observatories Initiative would like to hear from all data users and potential data users. To that end, we have launched a platform on Discourse to encourage “discourse.” The OOI Data Users Discussion Forum is a place where scientists, educators, and other data users can come together to ask and have questions answered and share how OOI data are being used to advance research and learning. Some of the topics covered are
    • data tools (where you can learn new techniques for using data)
    • known data and system issues and updates on their status
    • potential funding and job opportunities
    • FAQS that will help you navigate and use OOI data
    • HelpDesk, where you can seek help and learn about other help requests that may shed light on your question
    • news and announcements that are relevant to using OOI data in research and in the classroom.
    Since it is a user-based forum, you can add categories and questions of interest to you. Sign on today or bookmark this url  https://discourse.oceanobservatories.org/ for future engagement. Once you sign up, you will receive an email confirming you are not a bot, then the conversation can begin. We are looking forward to some lively discussions!  See you online.    
  2. [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/agufront2-scaled-e1603490292321.jpeg" link="#"]The AGU 2020 Fall Meeting will not be like the 2019 pictured here, but OOI will still have a large presence. [/media-caption] OOI will be a force at the first online AGU Fall meeting. Join your colleagues as they present their latest scientific findings made possible using OOI data.  OOI will also be hosting a virtual booth at AGU this year. Like the meeting of the past, it will provide a place to gather, share experiences, and learn more about OOI. We have a robust schedule of activities at the OOI exhibit booth (each day at 11 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm) during  the week of 7 December.  Have a look here.  Pre-registration is needed for the 11 am time slots, but all others are accessible with a click of a link.  Hope to see you there! If we've missed any OOI-related sessions, please contact dtrewcrist@whoi.edu and we will be happy to add them.  Otherwise, see you all online.  Hope you will share your stories at #AGU20OOI. 

    Monday, 7 December 2020

    07:00 - 23:59 Posters ED004-0045 Magnitude and Drivers of the Seasonal Cycle and Interannual Variability of pCO2 in the Washington Coast OOI Endurance Array Brianna Velasco, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, United States, Rachel Eveleth, Oberlin College, Oberlin, United States and Alison Thorson, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, United States

    Tuesday, 8 December 2020

    10:00-11:00 Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board Town Hall

    Wednesday, 9  December 2020

    19:42 - 19:45 Virtual Talk V018-14 Submarine Volcano-Hydrothermal Systems and Their Impacts on the Overlying Ocean: Quantification of Erupting Mid-Ocean Ridge Volcanoes- A Generational Goal John R Delaney1, Dana Manalang2, Kendra L Daly3, Deborah S Kelley4, William S D Wilcock1, Edward T Baker5 and Douglas S Luther6, (1)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (2)University of Washington, Applied Physics Lab, Seattle, WA, United States, (3)University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL, United States, (4)University of Washington Seattle Campus, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (5)NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, (6)Univ Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States

    Friday, 11 December 2020

    07:00 - 23:59 Posters B060-0022 Western boundary current instability gives rise to extraordinary subsurface diatom blooms in the Middle Atlantic Bight slope sea Hilde Oliver1, Weifeng Gordon Zhang1, Walker O Smith Jr2, Philip Alatalo3, Dreux Chappell4, Andrew Hirzel1, Gwyneth Packard5, Corday Selden6, Judson Poole1, Heidi M Sosik1, Rachel Stanley7, Yifan Zhu4 and Dennis Joseph McGillicuddy Jr8, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (2)Virginia Inst Marine Sciences, Gloucester Point, VA, United States, (3)Woods Hole Oceaonographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (4)Old Dominion University, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA, United States, (5)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, United States, (6)Cuernavaca, Mexico, (7)Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, United States, (8)Woods Hole Oeanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States

    Monday, 14 December 2020

    07:00 - 23:59 Posters OS037-0009 Sustained Ocean Observatories Initiative Glider Measurements Over the Oregon and Washington Shelves Stuart Pearce, Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, OR, United States, Jonathan Whitefield, Oregon State University, College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, OR, United States and Edward Paul Dever, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States A151-0011 On the Impact of High-Frequency Wind Variability on Upper Ocean Stratification Natalie M Freeman, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, Donata Giglio, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, Sarah T Gille, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, United States and Momme Claus Hell, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States ED037-0031 What drives variability in nitrate concentration off the Oregon Coast? Bailey Armos, University of Washington, Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States and Edward Paul Dever, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States ED037-0035 Ocean pCO2 Variability and Drivers at the US Atlantic Coastal Pioneer Array Alison Thorson, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, United States and Rachel Eveleth, Oberlin College, Oberlin, United States OS036-0005 Dissolved Oxygen Over The Oregon And Washington Shelves Observed From Sustained Glider, Profiler, And Fixed Depth Time Series Edward Paul Dever1, Jonathan P Fram2, Michael Vardaro3,4, Wendi Ruef5, Orest Eduard Kawka5, Jack A Barth6, Craig M Risien2, Christopher E Wingard2, Stuart Pearce2 and Jonathan Whitefield1, (1)Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States, (2)Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, OR, United States, (3)Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, NJ, United States, (4)University of Washington Seattle Campus, Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (5)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (6)Oregon State University, Marine Studies Initiative, Corvallis, OR, United States ED037-0044Vertical Zooplankton Distribution on Continental Slope off Oregon Coast Lydia Sgouros, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States and Edward Paul Dever, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Wednesday 16, December 2020

    07:00 - 23:59 Posters V040-0016 Monitoring Hydrothermal Plumes at ASHES Vent Field, Axial Seamount through Quantitative Acoustic Imaging Guangyu Xu, Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington, Acoustics, Seattle, WA, United States, Karen G Bemis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, Marine and Coastal Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, Darrell Jackson, University of Washington Seattle Campus, Applied Physics Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States and Anatoliy N. Ivakin, Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States 14:50 - 14:54 Virtual Talk  V043-06 Repeated Short-Term Deflation Events Observed During Long-Term Inflation at Axial Seamount William W. Chadwick Jr1, Scott L Nooner2, William S D Wilcock3, Suzanne M Carbotte4, Audra Meaghan Sawyer5, Erik K Fredrickson3 and Jeff W Beeson1, (1)Oregon State University, CIMRS, Newport, OR, United States, (2)University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Dept of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Wilmington, NC, United States, (3)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States, (4)Lamont-Doherty Earth Obs, Palisades, NY, United States, (5)University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, United States  
  3. The Ocean Observatories Initiative has a full plate of activities at its virtual AGU booth during AGU's exhibit hall hours. Registration is required for the 11 am-noon time slots, indicated below.  Please join us for all other activities, by simply clicking here:

    Monday 7 December

    • 11 am-noon Eastern: Learn how to use the new Date Explorer: Register here.
    Brian Stone of Axiom Data Science will demonstrate the many features of the OOI’s new data discovery tool, Data Explorer.
    • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about specific data questions  
    OOI Data Team members Chris Wingard with the Coastal Endurance Array and Wendi Ruef with the Regional Cabled Array will be available to answer any and all questions.
    • 6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?
    Join Derek Buffitt, program manager for the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN), for a virtual lab tour of the CGSN Facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    Tuesday 8 December

    • 11:15 am-noon Eastern: Announcement forthcoming
    • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about using OOI data in the classroom                                    .
    Sage Lichtenwaler from the OOI Ocean Data Labs has helped hundreds of professors seamlessly integrate OOI into undergraduate classrooms. He will be on hand to answer your question on how to use OOI data in your course instruction.
    • 6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?
    Join Jonathan Fram, program manager for the Coastal Endurance Array (EA), for a virtual lab tour of the EA Facility at Oregon State University.

    Wednesday 9 December

    • 11 am-noon Eastern: Hear from scientists who are using OOI data to advance their research: Register here.
    Kendra Daly, chair of the Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board, will provide a quick look at what’s new in the OOI’s latest science plan. Glen Gawarkiewicz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will share what is now known about the shelf break exchange process. Andrew Leising, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will review what we have learned about marine heatwaves. Douglas S. Luther, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, will discuss internal tide impacts of ocean circulation. Wu-Jung Lee, University of Washington, will review how echosounder data are accelerating marine ecological research. (To be confirmed).
    • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about opportunities to participate in OOI 
    OOI Principal Investigator John Trowbridge and Co-Principal Investigator and lead of OOI’s Regional Cabled Array Deborah Kelley will be on hand to answer any and all questions about how to get involved in the OOI.
    • 6-7 pm Eastern: Live Lightning Talks
    Eleven presenters will share the latest research investigations using OOI data, as well as examples of how OOI data are being integrated into classroom instruction.

    Thursday 10 December

    • 11 am-noon Eastern: Participate in a data challenge: Register here.  
    Two members of OOI’s data team, Mike Vardaro, RCA and University of Washington, and Andrew Reed, CGSN and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will lead participants through a series of three data challenges to demonstrate the capabilities of the Data Explorer.
    • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about opportunities OOI’s mobile assets
    Coastal and Global Scale Node Team members Al Plueddemann or Peter Brickley and Coastal Endurance Lead Edward Dever will answer questions about OOI’s mobile assets, everything from why we use them to what we are learning from them.
    •  6-7 pm Eastern: Curious about how OOI collects and delivers data?
    Join Brian Ittig or Dana Manalang of the Regional Cabled Array Team (RCA) for a virtual lab tour of the RCA Facility at the University of Washington.

    Friday 11 December

    • 11 am-noon Eastern: Learn how to create data views using the new Date Explorer: Register here
    OOI Data Team and Coastal Endurance team member Craig Risien will guide us through the steps of creating a data view using Coastal Endurance array data to demonstrate this feature of OOI’s new data discovery tool, Data Explorer.
    • 1-1:30 pm Eastern: Ask an expert about what scientists are learning using OOI data
    Join William Wilcock, University of Washington, and Hilary Palvesky, Boston College, to hear what they have learned using OOI data and how you might do the same.
    • 6-7 pm Eastern: Early Career Scientists’ Happy Hour
    Close down the OOI virtual booth by joining your friends and colleagues at a virtual hour. This is an opportunity to network, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and raise a glass together. All activities other than the 11 am time slots can be accessed here. Look forward to seeing you soon!  
  4. [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ODUS-Announcements-02-OS.jpg" link="#"]Ocean Decade U.S. is seeking innovative, potentially transformational, ideas about ocean science research. Honor your creativity and submit an "Ocean Shot." Deadline is 1 December.[/media-caption] The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) has signed on as partner with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which is geared toward scientists, policy makers, managers, and service users working together to ensure that ocean science delivers greater benefits for the ocean ecosystem and for society. OOI is part of the Ocean Decade’s Ocean Science and Technology community, making its ocean data available to the world community. To help advance the United States involvement in the UN Decade program, OOI has also joined forces as a nexus organization with the U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade (Ocean Decade U.S.). The goal is to ensure that the U.S. ocean science community is aware of and participating in activities related to the UN Decade of Ocean Science. “OOI offers a wealth of ocean data that is being used to advance understanding of ocean processes,” said John Trowbridge, lead of OOI’s program office at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “We think it is important to offer this valuable resource up to the world community, and by so doing, contribute to the advancement of a sustainable ocean that benefits all users.” Two opportunities currently exist for members of the OOI community to get involved:

    Share your transformative research ideas

    The Ocean Decade U.S. is seeking transformative research ideas known as “Ocean-Shots,” that draw inspiration and expertise from multiple disciplines and fundamentally advance ocean science for sustainable development. The hope is that such innovative ideas will spark potentially disruptive advances in ocean science for sustainable development.  Applications are due before December 1, 2020, so the time is now to gather your colleagues together and consider proposing some innovative research ideas. To learn more, click hereor if you already have a great innovative idea, use a simple online form to submit your winning idea.  Submitted “Ocean Shots” will be presented at the Ocean Decade U.S. Kickoff meeting, January 13-14, 2021.

    Early Career Scientist Candidates Sought

    Knowing that the fate of the global ocean rests with future generations, the US National Committee for the Ocean Decade is also seeking to include early career perspectives in the activities of the Committee. Early career natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, resource managers, and policy specialists are encouraged to apply as liaisons to the Committee. Again, the application deadline is December 1, 2020.  If you are looking to have a voice in what the ocean may look like in the future and how it is used, consider applying today. Adds Trowbridge, “There is no better time than now to consider the future ocean and how it might can be sustainably used now so its many wonders and resources will be available to future generations.”  
  5. The weather for the 15-day Pioneer 15 expedition aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong came in like a lion and left like a lamb. As the ship departed the Woods Hole dock on 28 October, the sky was gray, the air damp, and the forecast foreboding as the 10- member scientific team and the crew of the R/V Neil Armstrong headed toward the Pioneer Array, about 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. During Leg 1, the ship had some rocky days and briefly sought the protection of Menemsha Bight on the northwest side of Martha's Vineyard as Tropical Storm Zeta passed through and brought her fury with her. Leg 2 of the journey brought with it clear skies and smooth sailing. The following shows the wind and pressure data from the ship throughout the Pioneer 15 cruise. [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AR48_Weather-1_annotated.jpg" link="#"]Wind speed, direction, and barometric pressure from the met mast of the R/V Neil Armstrong. The green lines indicate when the ship arrived at the Array, the red lines show when it departed. The solid lines are for Leg 1 and Leg 2, and the dashed lines are the excursion to Menemsha in Leg 1.  Credit: Sheri N. White (WHOI)[/media-caption] Chief Scientist Sheri N. White said, “Despite the difficult weather, we had a very successful mission. The team recovered and deployed three coastal surface moorings and a profiler mooring, and deployed two winter coastal profiler moorings. We also were able to recover three gliders, and collect shipboard and CTD data in the vicinity of the Array.  We planned on a bit of flexibility in the schedule due to the late fall departure, which always brings with it unpredictable conditions.” The expedition was conducted in two legs because all of the moorings could not be accommodated on the ship at the same time. The Team returned to home port at the conclusion of the cruise on 11 November, when they disembarked after a month of being either in isolation or at sea away from friends and family. The recovered moorings are now undergoing refurbishment onsite at WHOI so they will be ready for the next equipment turn in spring 2021.  Next on tap for the Pioneer Array is the deployment of four gliders, Next on tap for the Pioneer Array is the deployment of four gliders, which will be done from a small vessel when the weather allows a safe transit.

    Pioneer 15 in Pictures

    [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/DSC_0138-scaled.jpg" link="#"]The Pioneer 15 Team deploys the Central Surface Mooring on Leg 1 in dreary weather. Credit: Dee Emrich©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/DSC_0685-scaled.jpg" link="#"]The Pioneer 15 Team recovers the Inshore Surface Mooring. It had been in deployed in the water for 12 months. Credit: Dee Emrich©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IMG_4234-scaled.jpg" link="#"]The Team dressed as oceanographers for Halloween… and deployed the Inshore Profiler Mooring in the few hours of clear skies between two storms at the Pioneer Array. Credit: Sheri N. White©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IMG_4244-scaled.jpg" link="#"]The R/V Neil Armstrong left the WHOI dock on Leg 2 of the Pioneer 15 expedition, with the Central Surface Mooring in position for deployment. Credit: Sheri N. White©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IMG_4245-scaled.jpg" link="#"]The Offshore Surface Mooring is ready for deployment on the stern of the R/V Neil Armstrong on Leg 2. Credit: Dee Emrich©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IMG_4245-scaled.jpg" link="#"]Beautiful weather on Leg 2 made recovering the large surface moorings a bit easier. The surface moorings were deployed for 12 months, rather than six, due to the COVID pandemic. Credit: Jennifer Batryn©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PMOU-16_deploy.jpg" link="#"]This is what a Profiler Mooring looks like during deployment. Profiler Moorings collect data from the entire water column using a McLane Moored Profiler, which crawls up and down the mooring line. Credit: Sheri N. White©WHOI[/media-caption] [media-caption path="/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ISSM_Biofouling.jpg" link="#"]This is some of the biology that has taken up residence on the Inshore Surface Mooring during its year-long stay on the Atlantic continental shelf. Credit: Dee Emrich©WHOI[/media-caption]