2022 Expedition
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From Shore To the Abyss: Exploration of Maritime Heritage and Microplastic Pollution in the Main Hawaiian Islands

October 10 – 24, 2022
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Lead Scientist
Lead Scientist
Lead Scientist
Expedition Leader
Expedition Leader

Our third From Shore to the Abyss expedition finds OET and National Geographic Society investigating maritime heritage and plastic pollution in the waters around Lānaʻi and Maui. The project teams will investigate the intersection of humans and the ocean environment to inform policy and management of this ecosystem. Both project teams will investigate evidence left behind by humans to better understand what happened in the past, as well as what this means for the future.

The plastics team will conduct a robust microplastic sampling program and create a map of microplastic and anthropogenic microfiber pollution found in the surface waters and air surrounding the islands. The maritime heritage team of archaeologists, underwater photographers, and educators will create virtual 3D models of key cultural heritage sites. Using photography, video, fieldnotes, and other evidence, we’ll design and post a real-time “digital mosaic” of the trip and create related curriculum for primary and post-secondary classrooms.

The From Shore to the Abyss Program expands Ocean Exploration Trust’s ocean exploration program from the deep sea into coastal coral ecosystems lending our ship and team’s research experience to contribute to new discoveries focused on the conservation of reefs and the generation of new knowledge that can apply to global ocean conservation, education, and ocean exploration. Launching in 2022 partnered with the National Geographic Society, these research projects bring together some of the Society’s most valued supporters and National Geographic Explorers—leading scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers.

This expedition is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.



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