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Rhode Island at the Forefront of Oceanographic Exploration

Posted By Linsey J. Morse, Tuesday, January 7, 2014
 
Bob Ballard
 
The 2013 deep sea research and exploration cycle has wrapped-up. Once again Rhode Island was at the forefront of oceanographic exploration with Dr. Robert Ballard’s work at the Center of Ocean Exploration at URI, and NOAA’s Okeanos home ported at Quonset Point. OSHEAN was pleased to be a part of assisting in bringing these important scientific endeavors from the sea bottom to classrooms and labs across our region via our high speed dedicated fiber optic infrastructure. Teams from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus and the Research Vessel Endeavor examined the ecosystem-level response to oil while the Okeanos team focused on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life. Research vessels generate an enormous amount of data that is fed up to a satellite then to OSHEAN’s fiber-optic network which can take a real time video of what is being done on a ship and beam it live into a classroom or lab. Our direct fiber secured line is optimized for this kind of traffic.
 
Check out this TED talk to learn more about Dr. Ballard and his work (or click here if your browser does not support this player):
 

 
 

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