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 Eastern Pacific Ocean along the US West Coast and within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Our 2021 expedition sponsors include NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and Ocean Networks Canada. Expeditions include technology testing cruises off of southern California, seafloor mapping expeditions along the west coast, across the Pacific and within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and ROV-focused expeditions off of Cascadia Margin, northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, and within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

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.

2021 <em>Nautilus</em> Expedition Map
Ocean Exploration Trust
2021 Nautilus Expedition Map

How to Participate

To participate in our 2021 expeditions funded by our NOAA OER, NOPP, and ONMS grants, please review our 2021 Nautilus Expedition locations and fill out the registration form (linked below). Registration is accepted at any time. The time commitment for is entirely self-determined--participate as actively as you would like. Data and samples are available post-expedition to all regardless of participation.

    By registering, you will:

    1. be added to the appropriate expedition 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. be able to access to our scientific observation and chat system.

    Register to Access the Science Portal

    Watch Recorded Science Portal Introductory Webinar