Public Event: Pioneering New Ocean Science Frontiers

WHOI and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership co-hosted a free public event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Called “Pioneering New Ocean Science Frontiers,” the event gave the interested public a first-hand look at ocean technologies that will be used off the New England coast at the OOI Pioneer Array and a chance to talk to the scientists and engineers who build and use them. Among the instruments and equipment on display in the museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery were a glider, an AUV, and moored profiler. In front of the museum, visitors had an up-close view of a surface buoy, innovative stretch hose technology, and a multifunction node. During talks in the museum’s auditorium, speakers provided an overview of the OOI, explained why scientists are interested in collecting data at the Pioneer Array and the technology that will be used, and described the ways the data might be used by different segments of the public and how society will benefit.

1. WHOI Sr. Engineering Assistant Amy Kukulya (second from left) talking to visitors about the REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)