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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00

2015 - Year in Review

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The Inner Space Center (ISC) has completed another successful year of ocean exploration! We’re excited to say that we’ve had a few milestones this year. We supported three research vessels, completed our first-ever live TV broadcasts from sea, and worked with the University of Rhode Island's R/V Endeavor using telepresence.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

EN572 Gallery

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Come explore our images from the current R/V Endeavor cruise off the Atlantic Shelf Break!

Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Explore With Us: EN572

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Mission: Use robots to study carbon and life in the ocean. Follow along LIVE on YouTube!

Official cruise summary:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Omand

This is a pilot cruise with two overall objectives: 1) Inter-comparison of particle export from a neutrally buoyant sediment trap (NBST), Wirewalker, and surface-tethered trap array. 2) Inter-comparison between a Slocum glider and REMUS - both equipped with nitrate sensors, and calibrated with CTD bottle samples.

The cruise will primary consist of deployment and recovery of the assets.

November 3: Morning: We will steam toward the shelf break near the pioneer array. Afternoon/Evening: We will stop at Station 1 (location of the Slocum Glider). Deploy the REMUS and do a CTD cast with Niskins. Collect water for traps, for nutrients. Request that the Glider pilot fly toward a downstream location from Station 2. Night: Steam towards the 500m isobath (Station 2). Underway, we will prepare the sediment traps.

Nov 4: Morning: At Station 2, we will deploy the NBST, Wirewalker and drifting trap array. Ideally REMUS and Glider can be piloted toward the vicinity of our drifting platforms. Ship follows drifting platforms, CTD casts. Afternoon: Hang some McLane traps over the side for a few hours, near the assets. Evening: After 24 hours of the REMUS mission, we will recover the REMUS. Possibly recover WW to check if it is behaving ok. - charge batts. Night: Continue tracking assets, Watch persons can do CTD casts near glider/AUV/WW/Traps.

Nov 5: Morning. CTD casts. Afternoon/Evening: Second deployment of Mclane Pumps. Deploy AUV. Deploy WW. Night: Continue tracking assets, Watch persons can do CTD casts near glider/AUV/WW/Traps.

Nov 6: Morning/Afternoon: Recover NBST. Recover WW. Recover Trap array. Evening: Recover Glider. Recover AUV. Night: Steam home. Then recover the Wirewalker, NBST and trap array.

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Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00

US Northeast Canyons | Okeanos Explorer Highlights

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While the debate for whether or not the federal government will be creating the first national marine monument off the US Atlantic Coast continues, we thought it would be great to show you what the Feds may end up protecting.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

Rhode Island Shipwrecks Recap

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From September 2nd, to September 6th, several members of our URI GSO Inner Space Center team sailed aboard the R/V Endeavor. We were joined by scientists (from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography), high school teachers, and members of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Everyone onboard came out to sea for our Rhode Island Shipwrecks project. Our first mission for this project was to use telepresence technology to send live shows from R/V Endeavor to our event partner, Rhode Island PBS, and to the internet. Our second mission was to explore shipwrecks near Rhode Island and work with participating scientists and engineers on board to accomplish their research goals.

Sunday, 16 August 2015 00:00

Nautilus Season Update

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Hello explorers! 

We have had an exciting season so far.  Just in case you haven't been able to tune in we wanted to give you an update! This season we have been working with two ships, the E/V Nautilus and the NOAA Okeanos Explorer. 

What if I told you that one of the final battles of World War II happened only a few miles off Rhode Island?

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

E/V Nautilus is LIVE!

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The E/V Nautilus field season is underway! You can watch the live feeds here at the ISC, or on the NautilusLive website.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Okeanos Explorer is LIVE!

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The Okeanos Explorer live feed has begun! You can watch online, at the ISC, or now on YouTube!

Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Investigating an Underwater Volcano

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Recently, I joined up with local up and coming researcher, Brennan Phillips, on an expedition to the remote waters of the Solomon Islands. Here is a great article featuring the work.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

Ocean Science Exploration Camps

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Registration is now available for Ocean Science Exploration summer camp!

Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

The Hunt is On

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It's really on... University of Rhode Island PhD student, Brennan Phillips, along with myself, are in the Solomon Islands in the western equatorial Pacific to discover and document hydrothermal activity of the deep waters here. And, we are going to look at an erupting volcano.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

The Final Piece - Looking Forward to the Future

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Putting in the final piece to the TREET Puzzle

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Another Side of Science

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There are more sides to science than you think.

The TREET program is in the thick of it. Transforming remotely conducted research one day at a time as they work in direct communication and interact with the E/V Nautilus. They are studying the Caribbean Sea's most active submarine volcano, Kick 'em Jenny.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Transforming Remotely Conducted Research

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The TREET Project is exploring remote human-robotic interactions.

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