Scientists Ashore Program

Ocean Exploration Trust

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 Eastern Pacific Ocean along the US West Coast. Expeditions sponsored by NOAA Office of Exploration & Research (OER) and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) will occur between southern California and northern Washington state. This expedition season will include exploration in US National Marine Sanctuaries, along the Cascadia Margin, and west to San Juan seamount. 

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, 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

To participate in our 2020 expeditions funded by our NOAA OER and ONMS grants, please review our 2020 Nautilus Expedition locations and fill out the registration form (download below). Registration is accepted at any time. 

2020 E/V Nautilus expedition season map
Ocean Exploration Trust
2020 Nautilus Live Expedition Map

By completing the registration form, you will:

  1. be added to the appropriate cruise mailing list(s) to receive dive plans and Situation Reports from the ship during the cruise as well as other relevant information,
  2. be invited to a pre-cruise planning call to prioritize and help define cruise objectives, and
  3. receive a log-in to participate in and contribute to our scientific observation and chat system.

​​Scientists Ashore Registration Form.