Picture snapshots from the discrete vs. continuous activity.

Discrete vs. Continuous Data

There are two key benefits of ocean serving systems: they collect data over long time periods, and in high-resolution. Many oceanographic experiments rely on a single cruise or mooring deployment. But when a location is designated as part…
July workshop participants use a bright window to compare multiple graphs on top of each other

August 2019 Community Newsletter

Here's a quick snapshot of what's in this Data Labs project update: Updates from our June & July Workshops New Data Explorations in Development Ocean Sciences 2020 - Call for Abstracts Project EDDIE Module Development Workshop Updates…
Data from May 2019 at the Pioneer Central Inshore Profiler Mooring

Caution... Real Data Ahead!

I love diving into data and discovering new things about the ocean, and we've been doing quite a bit of that lately*. But one of the things that really amazes me about the OOI dataset, is that you don’t have to dig far to find some…
The Rutgers University Inn patio

May 2019 Community Newsletter

Next Up: Our June OOI Data Lab Workshop We’re excited about our next Data Lab Development workshop starting on June 1st, here on our “home campus” in New Brunswick, NJ. Ten professors, representing community colleges, primary undergraduate…
The March 2019 OOI Data Labs workshop featured 20 participants and staff from around the country.

Our first Ocean Data Labs workshop is in the books!

Congratulations to our first OOI Data Lab workshop cohort! In March, we welcomed 20 professors from universities, community colleges, and primary undergraduate institutions to the Chauncey Center in Princeton, NJ, for our first weeklong development…

Scattering Data to See Correlations

The most popular data visualizations in oceanography are probably timeseries plots and maps.  But I suspect a strong third is the scatterplot. While a timeseries plot can show how a variable changes in time, and maps can show variation…
A timeseries graph of seawater temperature data measured from the 30m CTD at Global Station Papa Flanking Mooring B, including the mean, median, standard deviation and quartile boxes.

The Upside and Downside of Basic Statistics

When it comes to analyzing and interpreting data, one of the first tools a scientist will reach for are a few basic statistics. This includes calculations like mean, median, standard deviation and range, though there are certainly many others.…
The 8 Science and Engineering Practices

What Makes a Scientist?

Am I a scientist? That’s a somewhat existential question that I, and others in positions like mine, often find myself asking. I’m sure my friends, and the K-12 teachers I work with, generally think of me as a scientist without any…

Air and Sea Temperatures

I love creating data visualizations. I always feel like I’m on an adventure when I take some data, visualize it in a number of different ways, and try to make sense of what secrets are hidden inside. Often times you have a good idea…
Collage of data visualizations from the 2018 OOI Data Workshops

Oh My Data

The Ocean Observatories Initiative has a lot of data! Conceived in the late 1990’s, the OOI was designed to bring together a cutting-edge collection of instruments into a single integrated ocean observatory. This observatory would be larger,…
Collage of data visualizations from the 2018 OOI Data Workshops

The Circle of OOI

The complexity of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, simplified to a nice simple circle.
Collage of data visualizations from the 2018 OOI Data Workshops

The End of Upwelling

What a difference a week makes. Late last week, the waters off New Jersey were between 5-15 degrees below normal. They're not any more.