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Doing Business As Name:Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • John A Collins
  • (508) 289-2733
  • Jeffrey K O'Brien
Award Date:09/20/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 6,496,083
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 6,496,083
  • FY 2021=$6,496,083
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Mid-scale RI-1 (M1:DP): Design and Construction of a New Generation of Ocean-Bottom Seismographs for the U.S. Academic Community
Federal Award ID Number:2131932
DUNS ID:001766682
Parent DUNS ID:001766682
Program:Marine Geology and Geophysics
Program Officer:
  • Deborah K. Smith
  • (703) 292-7978

Awardee Location

Street:266 Wood Hole Road
City:Woods Hole
County:Woods Hole
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Street:266 WOODS HOLE RD
County:Woods Hole
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

Understanding Earth processes, such as mantle dynamics and plate tectonics, and the phenomena they produce, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and planet-scale elemental cycling, requires sustained deployments of seafloor instruments because about 70% of Earth's surface is covered by the oceans. While data from land-based instruments can tell us much about large-scale structure and earthquake activity under the oceans, many questions related to the structure and dynamics of mid-ocean ridges, hot-spots, subduction zones, and continental margins can only be addressed by data acquired with Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBSs). Discovery is advanced by an efficient, effective means for scientists to acquire ocean-bottom seismic data. The Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) provides seafloor seismographs and at-sea technical support to all U.S. investigators whose research would benefit from seafloor seismic observations. OBSIC currently operates a fleet of 144 Ocean-Bottom Seismographs (OBS). The existing fleet of OBS, however, is mostly old, heterogeneous, expensive to maintain and operate, and inadequate to meet the current and future needs of the seismological community. This award is to meet the demand of the U.S. seismological community for a fleet of modern, uniform, high-performance, seafloor seismic instrumentation that results in higher quality data and lower experiment costs, and lower maintenance and operational costs. The award will generate a proven design for a new generation of OBS and will result in 35 broadband/wideband OBS built to this new design. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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