Visions ’13 Update

VISIONS_'13_updateThe VISIONS ’13 expedition ended August 20th as the R/V Thompson tied up at its home dock at the University of Washington. During the expedition extension fiber optic cables were laid on the seafloor linking various scientific instruments to the primary nodes of the OOI Regional Cabled Observatory. The record of the events and accomplishments of the expedition are available at (The picture above shows a 13-foot tall chimney located in the ASHES hydrothermal field of the Axial Seamount at a water depth of approximately 4,500 feet. Exotic tube worms, palm worms, limpets and fine-grained sulfid minerals cover the outside walls of the structure.)

See Live Video of the OOI Research Ship

The Thomas G. Thompson left Newport last night, they are now on their way to the Axial Seamount. They are streaming live video via a website as they build the first U.S. regional cabled ocean observatory.

According to Nancy Penrose, Communications Coordinator with the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), The VISIONS ’13 team is installing and testing nearly 24,000 meters of extension cables, using the underwater robotic vehicle ROPOS deployed from the UW Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson.   This is one of several components within the Ocean Observatories Initiative, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2015.

You can see the live link at  The website also has other articles and information regarding this project.   You can follow progres via Twitter.

Summer Activities – Need Volunteeers

aerial-3We are getting closer. NVCA and TLW are teaming up to complete the lease/license agreement by the end of summer – maybe sooner. With a signed agreement we can begin developing a park – still a lot of work to do but we will be on our way.

While we are working out the details we are proceeding in other areas –  our Educational Outreach group is working with the Nestucca Valley School District on the Summer Science Camp that got underway today.  Fifty-six students from grades 1-6 are participating. NVCA has the next three Thursdays for demonstrations.

Other activities include Dory Days and our first ever fund raiser on August 11th.

For Dory Days – we need a few people to help set-up our tent on the morning of July 20 and tear it down again in the late afternoon – evening.  At Dory Days we will be featuring videos from OOI – the Oceans Observatories Initiative,  TLW will have information on the fiber optic system in Tillamook County and we will have some concept drawings of park – including an area for a skate park.

Fund Raiser – Saturday –  August 10th.    THis fund raiser is a silent auction in the afternoon and a dinner and dance in the evening.    All funds raised at this event will go towards the development of the park.    We need people who can help set up,  assist at the silent auction,  set up for dinner and clean up after dinner.    It will be only a few hours of your time to help.

Got questions, – just let us know –  e-mail us at

We hope you will help us with these first steps toward the park.

Gloria Scullin President NVCA

OOI Webinar – Tuesday, March 19 at 12:30 pm at KCC

Come learn what OOI will be doing this summer.

The Director of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is hosing a Webinar Tuesday, March19  at 12:30 PM Pacific Time.  The television and computer in the Fireside Room  at the Kiawanda Community Center has been set up to view this seminar. The public is invited to come and view this hour long seminar. It will outline the OOI activities scheduled for 2013 and 2014. There will some technical information regarding some of the equipment that will be used.

View the official announcement for the  webinar at

So schedule your lunch hour to come join folks at KCC to view this Webinar.

Cable Laying Operations

The cable laying ship, CS Dependable is back. They are doing some great stuff off the Oregon Coast. This time the crew is attaching the nodes to the electro/optic fiber cable.   Apparently,  they can grab the cable from the seafloor,  bring it up to the ship and splice to the node. Then they test the node on deck and return it to the seafloor.  Four nodes have been completed in July and three more in August including the one farthest out on the Axial Mount.

Follow the action on the Oceans Observatories blog at    There are great pics.

For more information and the background story of this operation see

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