Visit a seamount from the comfort of your own home

Written by on June 15, 2016 in Technology

In celebration of National Oceans Month (declared last year by President Obama), learn a little more about what’s happening beneath the waves with the help of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

Image from the Axial Seamount. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1730; V14.

Image from the Axial Seamount. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1730; V14.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), “the OOI is placing as much ocean data online as possible and making it available in real time,” Roger Wakimoto, NSF assistant director for Geosciences, explained in a news release. “In addition to scientific discovery, we hope to spark the public’s interest in the sea, and contribute to the safety of those who make their living on the water or vacation along the coast.”

The OOI consists of 83 platforms with more than 830 instruments spread across seven arrays in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It opened to the public earlier this year, allowing scientists, students, educators, and others to freely access the data.

Data from OOI will help researchers gain better understanding of all aspects of the ocean, ranging from plate tectonics and earthquakes, to species living in hydrothermal vents. The data, along with visualization tools and lesson plans will allow educators to engage students and immerse them in the oceans without ever leaving the classroom.

And if you’re not an educator, there’s still plenty to see. Don’t miss this amazing live-streaming video from the Axial Seamount.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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