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Lamont TRM OBS
The trawl resistant ocean bottom seismometers built by Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory are closing the gap between the deep ocean and the shoreline by allowing shallow (>1km) water deployments.
OBSIP News and Notices
  • February 02, 2016
    Applicants wanted for postdoctoral research position that includes collecting and analyzing OBS data. (more)
  • January 25, 2016
    NoMelt is an active and passive experiment led by PI James Gaherty. OBS were deployed from 2011-2013 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (more)
CREST Experiment Currently Underway in the South Atlantic
Dr. Robert Reece leads this expedition to image the longest transect of oceanic crust to date, 1500 kilometers from ridge to rise. Click to learn more about this experiment and follow their progress via their blog and ship tracker on board the R/V Langseth. (Photo by Clint Koch)
CREST Experiment Currently Underway in the South Atlantic
International OBS Meeting at AGU
Presenters hailed from six different countries and eleven different institutions, attracting a large audience at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. Click to view the presentation slides that are now available.
International OBS Meeting at AGU
Last Cascadia Initiative Stations Recovered
Ted Koczynski of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory opens a Trawl Resistant Mount (TRM) OBS to access the data logger, assisted by students Nick Benz and Blake Parris. Ten Apply-to-Sail students were on board for the last Cascadia Initiative cruise, which returned in October with 31 instruments. (Photo by Erik Fredrickson)
Last Cascadia Initiative Stations Recovered
High Attendance at 2015 OBS Symposium in Vancouver, WA
Over 100 attended the two day OBS Symposium with representation from academia, industry, and government. Presentations and posters are available on the symposium webpages.
High Attendance at 2015 OBS Symposium in Vancouver, WA
Cascadia Initiative Research Published in SRL
The September/October 2015 issue of Seismological Research Letters contains a focus section on the Cascadia Initiative. It includes eight articles that use data from Years 1 - 3 of the onshore/offshore seismic deployment along the Cascadia subduction zone.
Cascadia Initiative Research Published in SRL
An OBS Perspective
A video by Ernie Aaron of Scripps Institute of Oceanography shows the experience of an ocean bottom seismometer from deployment to recovery during the 2014-2015 ENAM community seismic experiment.
An OBS Perspective

The Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)

The U.S. National Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool provides instrumentation to support research to further our understanding of marine geology, seismology and geodynamics. Funded through the NSF, the Pool makes ocean bottom seismic equipment available to all interested researches, to private and public organizations, and to industry.

Highlights

2015 OBS Symposium
The Ocean Bottom Seismology Symposium in Vancouver, WA, was attended by over 100 participants and featured 18 talks covering a wide range of research topics. Specifications for future OBS instrumentation were also discussed.
OBSIPtec Mailing List
OBSIP has created a mailing list for ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) related information and technical discussion of OBS issues. All subscribers are encouraged to contribute. Click here to sign up and join the conversation.
2014 AAF Workshop
The Amphibious Array Facility Workshop in Snowbird, UT gathered over 80 participants to consider the future of the Amphibious Array of onshore and ocean-bottom seismometers (OBSs) currently deployed as the Cascadia Initiative.