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OOI Workshop a Success

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is the National Science Foundation's (NSF) contribution to the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The first in a series of OOI Science Community Workshops was held November 11-12 in Baltimore, MD. In addition to this initial workshop, another science workshop is planned for the spring of 2010. The workshops will introduce scientists and educators to the scope of the OOI network design and capabilities. There will be similar discussions at the AGU Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December 2009 and the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland in February 2010. Each workshop and meeting will provide overviews of the OOI capabilities for addressing science questions, describe the opportunities for involvement, and discuss the process for submitting proposals to conduct research within the OOI framework.

In September, NSF and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) signed a cooperative agreement supporting construction and initial operation of the OOI. The OOI is comprised of four main components: Coastal/Global, Regional Cabled, Cyberinfrastructure, and Education and Public Engagement (EPE). Each of these will be overseen by an Implementing Organization (IO) for development, construction, and operation. An IO for the education infrastructure will be identified through a competitive process. Please visit the OOI website to learn more about the planning and history, final network design, and details about program management. http://www.oceanleadership.org/programs-and-partnerships/ocean-observing/ooi/.

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