From June through November of 2013, Exploration Vessel Nautilus is exploring the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Our rotating Corps of Exploration aboard EV Nautilus is mapping the geological, biological, archaeological and chemical aspects of these regions to depths of approximately 2000 meters. During the expedition, we are sharing our discoveries live on the web via telepresence technology, putting the unexplored ocean directly in your hands via our new interactive initiative, Exploration Now.
The 2013 expedition season consists of multiple cruise legs and began off the U.S. coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Subsequent cruise legs are bringing the ship and the Nautilus Corps of Exploration to the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Montserrat, and Grenada in the Caribbean Sea. Our Corps of Exploration also joined researchers in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Turkey aboard the STS Bodrum in August.
E/V Nautilus is a 211-foot research vessel equipped with state-of-the-art exploration and telepresence technology. Our primary remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) on board, named Hercules and Argus, will be used to view the seafloor with high definition video, take environmental measurements and collect geological and biological samples. Our brand new hull-mounted multibeam system will be utilizing side-scan and subbottom sonar technology to explore the seafloor and seek out compelling targets for closer investigation and study.
Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Katherine Croff Bell of the Ocean Exploration Trust lead the Nautilus Corps of Exploration, which includes a rotating team of more than 150 scientists, engineers, educators and students as they explore these poorly understood regions of the world’s oceans. All of the video and data that we collect will be transmitted via satellite to the Inner Space Center, located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, where Dr. Ballard is a professor of oceanography. From this “mission control,” our video feeds from the ship and under the sea will be broadcast live on the internet so that anyone in the world can join our Corps of Exploration from home and be a part of the exploration as it happens.
The 2013 Nautilus Exploration Program is made possible through partnerships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) Bechtel, Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Society, Office of Naval Research, and the University of Rhode Island.