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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will operate a new center to provide seafloor seismographs and technical support to the U.S. academic community beginning in August 1, 2018 . The new Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center (OBSIC) will be housed at WHOI under a 5-year cooperative agreement (renewed for another five years in August 2023), with John Collins serving as Director. The OBSIC replaces the Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool. This OBSIP website is no longer updated.


OBSIC’s mission is to support discovery of the earth’s internal structure and its dynamic processes such as earthquake faulting and volcanism using seafloor seismic measurements. OBSIC provides Ocean Bottom Seismographs, and the technical support to operate them, to the academic research community, and archives all data at the IRIS Data Management Center.


OBSIC Operations SubCommittee

OBSIC Internal Advisory Committee