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Once upon a time, ocean scientists hung up cans on up a tree on Bikini Atoll to measure wave height in the Marshall Islands during nuclear weapons testing. Today, ocean technologies and data harvesting are heading somewhere big, from swarming bots, to more autonomous submersibles, and the miniaturization of ocean sensors
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Exploring the globe-spanning region beneath the sunlit upper ocean where life thrives
Discovering the links between life in our ocean and the search for life beyond Earth
Investigating the fate of microplastics and their impacts on marine life and human health
Searching for corals around the world to help ensure a future for reefs in a warming ocean
The NSF-funded program measures physical, chemical, geological and biological properties from the seafloor to the air-sea interface.