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Images: Access to the Sea

Scientists and crew cooperate aboard Oceanus during a 1996 Coastal Mixing and Optics Experiment cruise.

Seafloor observatories, like the one conceptualized here for WHOI?s Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL), are expected to play increasingly important roles in ocean science with further development of such autonomous vehicles as OSL?s REMUS (REMote environmental sensing UnitS).

Phil Richardson, left, and Brian Guest prepare RAFOS floats for a Knorr research voyage.