Ocean Observing Operations Course Outline

First Day: Organizational Structure and Field Installations

08:30 — Breakfast Refreshments, Welcome & Goals

09:30 — Overview
This section will provide an outline of the course, describe the link between its various modules and provide a comparison of the relative levels of effort required for the successful operation of an ocean observing system.

10:00 — Governance & Management

  • Systems of Governance
  • Management Structures
  • Advisory Structures
  • Funding Models
  • Setting Observatory Objectives/Strategies
  • User Engagement
  • Metrics
  • Reporting

12:00 — Lunch Break

13:00 — Offshore & Coastal Installations

  • Systems Operations
    - monitoring
    - troubleshooting
    - expedition support
  • Marine Operations
    - maintenance
    - repairs
    - instrument workflows
    - expedition planning
    - dive planning
    - spares and inventories
  • Coastal Operations
    - community observatories
    - coastal radars
    - special systems
    - maintenance schedules

16:00 — First Day Wrap-Up

Second Day: Managing Assets and Digital Infrastructure

08:30 — Breakfast Refreshments

09:00 — Instrument Lifecycle Management

  • Rationale
  • Implementing an end-to-end vision
  • Management structure to implement an end-to-end instrument lifecycle
  • Management tools

12:00 — Lunch Break

13:00 — Digital Infrastructure: Network System

  • Design and Design Assumptions
  • Operation

14:30 — Digital Infrastructure: Software

  • From Raw Data to Advanced Data Products
  • Observatory operation tools
  • User access to data and products
  • Software life cycle implementation
  • Keeping current

16:00 — Second Day Wrap-Up

Third Day: Operating the Observatory

08:30 — Breakfast Refreshments

09:00 — 24/7 Data Flow Operations

  • Systems
  • Power
  • Network
  • Instrument Health
  • Data Acquisition
  • QA/QC
  • Archive
  • Data Accessibility

12:00 — Lunch Break

13:00 — Hands-On Demos

  • Systems
  • Sensors
  • Software

16:00 — Course Wrap-Up