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Announcement of new Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC) (8/17/18)

May 28, 2019

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been selected to operate the new Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC). OBSIC will serve as the central entity responsible for providing ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) for high quality data acquisition, and for coordinating instrument deployments in support of NSF-funded scientific research programs. OBSIC replaces the Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP).

For more information, including OBS specifications and instrument request forms, please visit

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