The Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks (ORION)

The Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks (ORION) is a program that focuses the science, technology, education and outreach of an emerging network of science driven ocean observing systems. Building on the heritage of the ship-based expeditionary era of the last century, oceanography is commencing a new phase in which research scientists increasingly seek continuous interaction with the ocean environment to adaptively observe the earth-ocean-atmosphere system. Such approaches are crucial to resolving the full range of episodicity and temporal change central to so many ocean processes that directly impact human society, our climate and the incredible range of natural phenomena found in the largest ecosystem of the planet.

The ORION initiative is managed through an award made by the National Science Foundation to the 1201 Group LLC, an entity jointly owned by Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) and the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) on behalf of their member universities and academic organizations.

News & Announcements

ORION Project Office RFA
The ORION Project Office announces a Request for Assistance in the form of a call for proposals in support of Conceptual Science Experiments of the OOI Infrastructure. The RFA may be downloaded. Persons interested in this RFA are asked to check the RFA web pages periodically for additional information.

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OOI Science Plan

As part of the multi-phase review and approval process associated with NSF MREFC funding requests, the ORION Executive Steering Committee has issued a science plan outlining the scientific merit, potential and opportunities associated with the OOI. The ESC regards this draft document as a shared community expression of the readiness of OOI science and seeks comment and review.

OCEANS 2005 Conference

The annual Marine Technology Society (MTS) and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) technical and professional conference, OCEANS 2005, will be held in Washington, DC this year.

ORION Workshop Report, San Juan

An important compilation of community science goals and issues in developing ocean observing networks as highlighted at the San Juan ORION Workshop is now available in its final form.