Archive for the ‘NORUS’ Category

OOI’s Ocean Observing Simulation Experiment begins

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) has begun construction. For information of the OOI go to

The OOI has a large effort to build a mature cyberinfrastructure to support OOI and all ocean infrastructure. As part of that 6 effort and growing out of over a decade planning we begin. First things first, we toast with a Halloween pint, the three who got us here, John Delaney, John Orcutt, and Robert Weller. For this effort we are a small piece of the OOI, and we represent a small part of the OOI cyberinfrastructure team. We are teaming up with infrastructure being funded by the NOAA IOOS MarCOOS and the ONR ESPreSSO programs. For the next two weeks, we will be testing all the Planning and Prosecution software during an Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE). The OSSE software team is large but anchored by scientists/engineers from Rutgers, Scripps, Cal-IT, MIT, USGS, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

We will be testing several distinct software programs (to be highlight in several blogs to follow in the next few days) trying to coordinate real assets in the field during windy rough November weather in the angry seas on the Mid-Atlantic Bight. During this week we highlight in a series of blogs the range of technologies we will be deploying. The observation assets that we will use are satellites including AVHRR, MODIS, GOES 11+12, FY1D, OCM, TMI+AMSRE, and AASTR. These images will be complemented with a full nested CODAR array. The in situ robotic systems will consist of a fleet of Teledyne Webb Slocum gliders complemented with a fleet of propellered REMUS and Iver AUV systems. These field assets are complemented with NOAA NODC moorings. For models, we are utilizing numerical models from U Mass Dartmouth (Avijit Gangopadhyay), Stevens Institute (Alan Blumberg), University of North Carolina (outer boundary condition, Ruoying He), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Pierre Lermusiaux), Rutgers (John Wilkin), Jet Propulsion Lab (Yi Chao). These ocean models are complemented by the atmospheric NAM model. The model and observation data can be accessed through the our ocean data portal constructed by the Jet Propulsion Lab.

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A social network site will be unveiled on Monday to collate all efforts To people who use the ocean in the Mid-Atlantic, please send us your comments. Join the network at:
Note this site will be cleaned but please come join the network to give us your feedback. We need your eyes and brains. Our goal is to collect all the goods, bads, and ALL suggestions to make the infrastructure good for those use the ocean. The next blog will talk about the status of the mid-Atlantic Ocean today.

Oscar & Scott (aka Scotscar)

4 days of straight sun

Monday, July 6th, 2009

We have had an unprecedented 4 days of straight sun. And since it doesn't set, it is continuously melting everything. Hiking up to the tops of a couple of hills nearby I could see the fjords are all choked up with huge sediment plumes from all of the run off. Talking with locals here - nobody can remember such a warm sunny stretch in the past 20 years.

Pretty cool time to have a glider in the water.

Swimming in the Arctic Ocean

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This afternoon (1800 local time) we deployed RU07 into the Arctic Ocean. Working with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) as a part of the NORUS program. Peter and John from NORUS helped with the deployment which went quite smooth. We tried to deploy a Norwegian-owned glider two days ago but ran into a warning I hadn't seen before. Being the cautious person I am, we pulled our Norwegian glider, Freyja, back on board and brought her home. Following today's successful deployment,  we'll be putting Freyja in the water on Thursday. So, by the end of the week we should have two gliders in the water. I happened to have my cell phone with me so I snapped a couple of pictures.  It was odd having full cell coverage during the deployment - I just don't associate survival suit deployments with 5-bar cell phone coverage. The first pic is RU07 just before beginning the mission. The second pic is me in a survival suit for the first time since January when I deployed RU05 in Antarctica. It feels good to be back in the cold putting another robot in the water...

RU07 in the Arctic Ocean with Svalbard in the background.

RU07 in the Arctic Ocean with Svalbard in the background.

Satisfied after deploying RU07.

Satisfied after deploying RU07.