Inner Space Center


The R/V Thomas G. Thompson is owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and operated under a Charter Party agreement by the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington as part of the UNOLS fleet (University National Oceanographic Laboratories System).

The Hadal Ecosystems Studies (HADES) Program is a collaborative project, funded by the National Science Foundation, aimed to pursue the foremost questions in trench and hadal ecosystem  science, determining the composition and distribution of hadal species,  the role of pressure, food supply, physiology, depth, and seafloor  topography on deep-ocean communities and the evolution of trench life.


With the sudden and unexpected loss of ROV Nereus, the telepresence portion of HADES has ended. You can find more information at the WHOI website.