To discover the ocean, map the seafloor and get an up-close view, ocean explorers deploy a range of powerful technologies, from ship-based sonar to autonomous underwater and remotely operated vehicles.
Motivation to Map: A Quest to Understand What the Earth Really Looks Like
Experts are pushing for better bathymetric charts of the ocean floor at a time when, technically, it’s already 100 percent mapped. What’s wrong with today’s maps, and what effects will improvements have?
In the Hunt for Ocean Treasures, Robots Lead the Way
Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams are building autonomous robots to map the seafloor and hunt for unknown signals in the hope of winning $7 million.
Deeper Water Horizons – the Quest of Mandy Joye
Marine expert Mandy Joye continues to inspire, motivate and study in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Earthzine Writing Fellowship Dives into the Ocean, One Story at a Time
IEEE Earthzine’s 2017 Writing Fellowship, sponsored by XPRIZE, engages students and early career professionals on ocean exploration through storytelling. Their first assignment was to interview each other.
XPRIZE to Sponsor Earthzine Writing Fellowship
Applications are due May 1 for an Earthzine Writing Fellowship that will explore the ocean depths.
New Research Suggests Antarctic Ozone May Now Be Shrinking
For years, researchers thought the Antarctic Ozone Hole was increasing despite preventive efforts. A new study says the ozone hole is shrinking.
Preparing the Pacific Northwest for an Unprecedented Tsunami
In preparing the Pacific Northwest for The Really Big One, modelling and drills can be key to understanding a danger the region has yet to fully witness.
Staying Afloat: Using Jason-3 to Measure Sea-level Rise
The joint U.S. and European Jason-3 mission may help coastal regions in countries like Vietnam prepare for sea level rise associated with climate change.
Salt in the Storm Wounds
In the aftermath of hurricanes, salinity intrusion events cause tree damage and death in coastal forests and wetlands, but are overshadowed by wind and flooding impacts.