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September 2022

OOI Chooses Ocean Sonics To Provide Broadband Ethernet Hydrophones

Image: Ocean Sonics Ocean Sonics Ltd, of Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been selected by the University of Washington as the sole provider of broadband Ethernet hydrophones for the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) component of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

The award period for this contract is until 2017.

The OOI RSN is a 900-km cabled ocean observatory network now under construction in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. The OOI, a project funded by the NSF, is planned as a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. As a fully integrated system, OOI will collect and disseminate data on coastal, regional, and global scales. Through a unique cyberinfrastructure, OOI will make ocean-observing data available to anyone with an internet connection. Greater knowledge of the ocean’s interrelated systems is vital for increased understanding of their effects on biodiversity, climate change, ocean and coastal ecosystems, environmental health, and climate. “We are pleased that our hydrophones will be used on this important and innovative cabled ocean observatory, and we look forward to working closely with the OOI RSN scientists and engineers," said Mark Wood, president of Ocean Sonics. “These instruments will be used to help increase understanding of the oceans." Ocean Sonics designs, builds, and sells hydrophone instruments to the oceanographic, environmental monitoring and offshore energy industries. Find more information at or follow us on Twitter.

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