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Pioneer Mid-Atlantic Bight
Test Deployment

February-March Expedition to Test Deployments in Prep for  Move to Southern Mid-Atlantic Bight

Test deployments in preparation for installation of an Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) ocean observing system in a new location in the southern Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB) will take place over the next two weeks - February 21-March 1, 2023.  A team of scientists and engineers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) left Charleston, SC aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong to deploy two test moorings off the coast of North Carolina, occupying shallow and deep sites of the proposed array. The deployments will supplement computer modeling to ensure the mooring designs perform as expected in the MAB environment. The moorings will be recovered in late October-early November 2023.


The Coastal Pioneer Array is located off the coast of New England, about 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.


The R/V Neil Armstrong is a state-of-the-art oceangoing research vessel.


Regular posts about life aboard the ship, work accomplished, and encounters with marine life.


Images and video of the expedition.


Meet the Pioneer MAB Test Deployment Team.

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