Why Open The Oceans?  

  A case for exploring into the deep  

Earth is an ocean planet

The ocean plays a significant role in our everyday lives, from controlling climate and large scale weather patterns to helping feed the planet; understanding the ocean is critical for understanding our future. The human drive to explore has been intertwined with ocean exploration for thousands of years, and as our use of technology has progressed, so too has our ability to explore and understand the ocean.

Ocean Coverage on Earth 71%
Oxygen from Ocean 80%
Water from Ocean 97%
Biomass in Ocean 90%
Ocean life in top 100m 90%
Species Undiscovered 66%
Ocean Undiscovered 95%

The ocean is largely unexplored

More than 95% of our ocean remains unseen by human eyes. So far we have only explored a very small fraction of the ocean using direct observations, and most often rely on remote sensing techniques, such as acoustic, gravity, and satellite measurements.

“FACT SHEET: The United States will need to increase the number of students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees by about 34% annually over current rates.”

Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 2012

Need for STEM education

Pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and math suffers from some of the same challenges as understanding the ocean. In the everyday  experience of many we live in a world completely dependent upon technology even if we don’t understand the way in which it was developed.

Ocean exploration provides challenging and rewarding problems in many disciplines for those who chose to pursue them. We hope to leverage the excitement of submersible explorations to attract and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

The scientific method

  • Form Hypothesis
  • Make Observations
  • Analyze Results
  • Draw Conclusions

Technology is getting easier to use

The rapid pace of technology advancement has helped scientists and explorers to explore and understand the ocean. While data analysis and creative presentation can go a long way towards improving our understanding, exploring the ocean directly via submersible expeditions captures the imagination in a way that data feeds and visualizations cannot. We believe the promise of adventure that surrounds designing, building and deploying submersible technologies is a strong motivator for students.

Connections improve access to the deep sea

The deep sea research community is a tight-knit group of technologists, scientist and explorers. Our unique partnership with OceanGate, Inc. gives us access to several submersibles as well as ROV technology. Our partnership with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries gives us many different places to visit with these technologies to do meaningful work. We plan missions of our own, or tag onto other’s missions; our goal is to explore all aspects of the ocean, from biological and geological features to historical artifacts, and all things in between. Throughout this work we connect with others in the community so we can share in the excitement of exploring Earth’s last great frontier.

How does our program work?

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