The National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is an integrated infrastructure program composed of science-driven platforms and sensor systems that measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the air-sea interface. The OOI network was designed to address critical science-driven questions that will lead to a better understanding and management of our oceans, enhancing our capabilities to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling. The OOI has transformed research of the oceans by integrating multiple scales of globally distributed marine observations into one observing system and allowing for that data to be freely downloaded over the internet in near-real time. The OOI will continue 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.
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