Workshop on Telepresence-Enabled Exploration of the Caribbean Region
In November 2012, the Ocean Exploration Trust, in partnership with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), hosted a workshop in Miami, Florida with members of the scientific community to identify and discuss potential targets for telepresence-enabled exploration in the Caribbean Region, including the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The workshop and resulting report will support the continuing mandate to strengthen the nation’s understanding of the Caribbean Region, including the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, through the use of mapping and exploratory technologies.
In 2013, the Nautilus transited from the Mediterranean across the mid-Atlantic and will be conducting 2-3 years of field expeditions before transiting through the Panama Canal and continuing to explore the Pacific Ocean. The workshop report will be used by the Nautilus team to develop field programs during the period that the ship is operating in the Caribbean Region. The report will also provide valuable input to NOAA OER as it prepares for field programs on the Okeanos Explorer, which will be operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea for the foreseeable future. Having two ships of exploration in the region will be a key to successful implementation of this report, but we also anticipate that other research platforms, perhaps from regional countries, can be enlisted to undertake exploration programs based on the report.
This workshop was made possible by funding from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.