Access the Ocean with OOI

Have you been looking for a good (and quick) video introduction of the OOI to show your students?

In case you haven’t seen this video yet, it’s a nice option to consider.

This video, Access the Ocean, was produced back in the fall of 2018 by the Consortium of Ocean Leadership, as one of their final tasks as managers of the overall OOI program, aka OOI 1.0. (Management of the OOI has since moved to WHOI.)

While the video is geared towards research scientists, introducing them to the scientific goals and capabilities of the OOI program, you may also find it helpful as an introduction for students as well.

Having a good introduction to the context behind a dataset is especially important before sending students off to dive into data, whether from the OOI or elsewhere.

As the description says:

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a United States National Science Foundation (NSF) major research facility operated as a community resource. It provides continuous observations spanning the seafloor, the overlying ocean, and the atmosphere, located in coastal and open ocean locations in the Atlantic and Pacific. Data collected, maintained, and freely disseminated by the OOI address significant scientific challenges such as coupling between the atmosphere and ocean, coastal ocean dynamics, climate and ecosystem health, the global carbon cycle, plate-scale seismicity, and linkages between seafloor volcanism and life.

So while this video may not be perfect for all students, or data activities, it’s a nice option.