World Oceans Day Tri-Ship Connection

Celebrate World Oceans Day and join the Inner Space Center as it connects LIVE with three ocean science and exploration vessels: the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, E/V Nautilus, and RV Falkor.  Tune in through Facebook Live and/or YouTube on June 8, 2018, at 3:00 pm ET, and hear from scientists, engineers, and other crew as they discuss the important (and exciting!) work they are conducting to understand our changing ocean. Be part of the conversation and explore with us!

Ocean Exploration: Naval Science and Technology Camp

August 13 – 17, 2018
9AM – 3PM
URI Narragansett Bay Campus

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) College of Ocean Engineering in partnership with the URI Inner Space Center (ISC) is offering scholarships for current high school students to attend the Ocean Exploration: Naval Science and Technology Camp. This week-long day camp will focus on exploring the ocean using marine technologies. Campers will be building and testing a variety of oceanographic tools and instruments, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and ocean sensors, and engaging with scientists, who are involved in active missions to explore the otherwise “unknown ocean.”

With funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, full scholarships will be provided to the 20 students accepted to participate in the camp.  All applications will be reviewed and acceptance is based on merit and teacher recommendations.
To apply, use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/GDMNryRGcuTmHyyL2
Applications are due June 4, 2018.
Please contact Andrea Gingras, agingras@uri.edu with any questions about this camp.

Registration is now open for Summer 2018 ISC Ocean Exploration Camp

Registration is now open for the ISC’s Summer 2018 session of Ocean Science Exploration Camp. This year’s camp will take place from July 23-27, 2018, at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI, and will focus on biological oceanography. Biological oceanography is the study of marine animals, their distribution and abundance, and how they interact with and adapt to the ocean environment.
For more details and registration information, please visit the ISC Camps webpage.

Inner Space Center to broadcast ENDEAVOR LIVE!

Credit: ISC

Students from the University of Rhode Island Honors Program will depart Tuesday, April 3 on a six-day oceanographic research expedition, and you are invited to come along. Learn about their exciting research and directly ask the students and scientists questions during three live broadcasts and one hosted event.

The ISC will broadcast LIVE from URI’s research vessel, the RV Endeavor, to Facebook on April 5, 6 and 7, and during a community event April 6 at URI’s White Hall, 39 Butterfield Road, on the Kingston campus. Dates and details are below, as well as the ISC’s Endeavor Live page.

The research expedition from April 3 through 8 will focus on whale and zooplankton interactions with the environment that occur in the coastal and offshore waters of Rhode Island. The expedition is part of CSI: Oceans, a URI honors class led by Karen Wishner, oceanography professor at GSO, and Christopher Orphanides, chief scientist and a GSO graduate student.

These broadcasts will run about 25 minutes:
Endeavor Live! Facebook Live Events

  • Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m.

Be sure to “like” the Inner Space Center Facebook page to follow this expedition and others.

Endeavor Live! Community Event
Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
White Hall Auditorium on the URI campus in Kingston.
This event is open to the public; no registration is required.

Upcoming Girl Scouts of Southern New England (GSSNE) Events

Walk the Plank-ton!

Did you know the ocean’s smallest living organisms, plankton, are the most important part of the marine food chain? A teaspoon of seawater can contain up to a million of these important, one-celled organisms! Join the ISC on an adventure to learn about these incredible, microscopic creatures by investigating live plankton samples and creating and testing your own plankton designs.

Date: May 26, 2018

Time: 10am-11:30am

Place: University of Rhode Island – Inner Space Center

Level: Brownie

Cost: $15 per girl

Minimum 15 participants; maximum 30 participants

Register here

 

Titanic Returns for its 20th Anniversary

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the 1997 film, Titanic, is being brought back to the big screen, for one week only, in select AMC Theatres.

Most of the film is based on real events. In 1985, the eventual founder of URI’s Inner Space Center, Graduate School of Oceanography professor, Dr. Robert Ballard, discovered the wreck in its resting place at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 Expedition

Welcome to the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition! The team will be exploring the Gulf of Mexico from November 29 – December 21, 2017, using multibeam sonar and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Deep Discoverer, to explore the  seafloor. The 23-day expedition will focus on acquiring data on priority exploration areas identified by ocean management and scientific communities.  Tune in to the live streams and explore with us!

Watch the Okeanos Explorer live streams:

Camera 1 (video feed from ROV Deep Discoverer):

Camera 2 (video feed from the camera sled ROV, Seirios):

Camera 3 (quad-view showing multiple camera feeds and other features):

 

Creature Comparison: Corals and Sponges

Despite being frequently encountered by scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, E/V Nautilus, and other exploration vessels, much is left to learn about corals and sponges. Both are sessile (non-moving) organisms, serve as vital resources for other marine life, and can indicate the health of oceanic ecosystems. Learn more about these fascinating animals below!

Corals

Corals exhibit some plant-like characteristics, but are actually animal relatives of jellyfish and anemones. They are all within the phylum Cnidaria. All corals are classified as either “hard corals” or “soft corals”. Hard corals have a limestone skeleton, and make up the foundation of a coral reef. They can take a rounded, branching, or flat appearance. Soft corals bind together on a softer structure, and can take the shapes of whips, spirals, and trees. Hard corals can grow as much as ten centimeters per year, the same rate of growth as human hair, but most only grow up to three centimeters each year.  Soft corals grow at a rate of two to four centimeters per year. When a coral reef is damaged by a storm, pollution, or by other factors, it may take a significant amount of time before it is able to recover and grow to its former size.

A variety of soft octocorals were found on the East “Wetmore” Seamount near Hawaii at around 2,065 meters deep (6,775 feet). (Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana.)

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Weekend Discoveries

This weekend the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer visited Shostakovich Seamount, and began its “Water Column Wonderland” week. Check out some of the unique creatures that live beneath the sea with imagery captured by remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer! Continue reading Weekend Discoveries

Ocean Exploration, “Olympic-Style”

Boundary map for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary- yellow dots outline sanctuary waters. Image credit: NOAA Sanctuaries.

From August 18, 2017, to September 3, 2017, the E/V Nautilus will be exploring the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NMS), located along the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.  The sanctuary encompasses 3,189 square miles (8,260 km2), an area equivalent to the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.  It extends 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) from the shore, including most of the continental shelf, as well as three important submarine canyons: the Nitinat Canyon, the Quinault Canyon and the Juan de Fuca Canyon.  The main objectives of this expedition are to explore and characterize seafloor resources and features associated with these submarine canyons. Quinault and Quileute Canyons have never been explored by remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicle ( AUV).

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