What is the OOI?

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor as well as the overlying atmosphere, providing a fully integrated system collecting data on coastal, regional and global scales.

The goal of the OOI is to deliver data and data products for a 25-year-plus time period within an expandable architecture that can meet emerging technical advances in ocean science. These data will be freely accessible online through the OOI Cyberinfrastructure.

For more information about the OOI and the latest updates check out the OOI website.

NEW – You can find cool images and videos from the OOI to use in your classroom on their new OOI Digital Media Library, or their older Image and Video Galleries. (added May 2023)

Access the Ocean

The following video provides a nice introduction to the OOI’s science mission.