Scientists Ashore Program

telepresence at home setup
Courtesy Jennifer Brown

Researchers and scientists are needed to make the most of our exploration by transforming the data and samples collected into discoveries! You can participate live via telepresence with Exploration Vessel Nautilus as we explore the Central and South Pacific Ocean. In March, in collaboration with our NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuary partners, Ocean Exploration Trust will launch our 2022 field season that includes Nautilus expeditions in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), and waters around Hawaiʻi.

Shorebased participants can view live video and some data feeds from ROVs Hercules and Argus, view data from seafloor and water column mapping efforts, participate in a text dialogue with shipboard scientists and other onshore scientists, and contribute to ROV dives and mapping operations.

Who Should Register

Researchers from all sectors, undergraduate, community college, and graduate students, and early career scientists are encouraged to register. The general public, including educators and students of all ages, are encouraged to watch our live stream and send in questions to our team on watch.

How to Participate

Registration is now open for the 2022 E/V Nautilus Scientist Ashore Portal. By registering for cruises, users are invited to:

  • Request expedition planning documents and daily expedition updates;
  • submit input on research interests and site locations; and
  • participate in expeditions via OET's Scientist Ashore portal (text-based chat, low-latency live streams of ROV dives, real-time data feeds, webmap)

Data and samples are available to all regardless of participation.

Register for Science Portal

Watch Recorded 2022 Scientist Ashore Community Call

Questions on registering? Please email