Integrative Observational Platforms

We focus on observational investigations of ocean physics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This requires a wide range of measurement capabilities, from rapidly occupied synoptic, three-dimensional surveys to repeated sections monitored over periods of months or years. Many of the important processes are episodic, occurring over short temporal or spatial scales that require highly adaptive sampling strategies to capture and resolve. Progress in other areas, such as high latitude circulation, may be hindered by difficult access and limited platform endurance. Motivated by these observational challenges, the IOP team works to develop and maintain expertise with a suite of measurement technologies that can be applied either singly or in flexible combinations optimized for particular problems.

2022 marks another busy fall with Healy (AMOS) July-August, Sikuliaq (AMOS) September-October, and Armstrong (Davis Strait) September-October. When all is said and done we should mark 17 mooring recoveries, 21 mooring deployments, 90 CTD stations, and five glider deployments between the two programs.

Posted 16 September 2022

Seagliders 180, 219, 220, 237, 247, and 248 have all been successfully launched off Santa Cruz to get out ahead of S-MODE’s October ship-based observations.

Posted 24 August 2022

After a few missed re-start due to an oil leak, SG249 is deployed offshore Washington to maintain the long running NANOOS glider timeseries.

Posted 12 July 2022

What a way to mark the end of our 2021 field season - we were treated to a spectacular Aurora to end a great cruise on Sikuliaq. This trip marked Sikuliaq’s deepest excursion into the pack ice – over 200 nautical miles from the ice edge in a year with an unusually rapid and extensive freeze-up. Sikuliaq Aurora

Posted 03 November 2021

Summer and fall 2021 are busy for IOP. Healy is the first of 3 major cruises. We’re almost done out here with 7 of 8 moorings recovered in tricky conditions through the ice. Now just need to find a spot to drop the gliders. Healy gliders

Posted 08 August 2021

Office of Naval Research

Craig Lee, Luc Rainville and Jason Gobat

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Craig Lee, Luc Rainville, Pierre Dutrieux, James Girton, Knut Christianson and Jason Gobat

Office of Naval Research

Craig Lee, Luc Rainville and Jason Gobat

Office of Naval Research

Craig Lee, Luc Rainville and Jason Gobat

Office of Naval Research

Craig Lee, Luc Rainville and Jason Gobat