1. Refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location. Credit: Wikipedia

Telepresence allows scientists and students to participate in exploration and research cruises remotely when bunks are limited or schedules prohibit them from sailing on the vessel.

How Telepresence Works

A telepresence-enabled platform, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer uses satellite technology to transmit data and video in real-time from the ship and ROVs working at depth, to a shore-based hub where the video is transmitted in high definition out on Internet2 to a variety of receiving stations on shore include a number of Exploration Command Centers located around the country. The University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center receives the high definition Internet 2 video feed and makes a lower resolution version available via standard internet. Access to the video and a suite of internet-based collaboration and communication tools allows scientists located on shore to join the operation in real-time. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.


Watch this video for a description of the mechanics of telepresence technology as it relates to the Inner Space Center.

Advancing Exploration with Telepresence

Watch Dr. Robert Ballard describe the concept of telepresence and how it benefits the science community.

Anyone can participate in exploration missions by watching our live feeds right from your own home or mobile device!

Scientists and students can participate in an organized mission at our facility at the University of Rhode Island‘s Graduate School of Oceanography. For more information about how telepresence works within the US Research Vessel fleet, see the UNOLS Telepresence Guidance document.  Learn about our various Research Support options on our Science Support page.







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