Research / Science

Research comprises “creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.”[1] It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. Research projects can be used to develop further knowledge on a topic. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects or the project as a whole. The primary purposes of basic research (as opposed to applied research) are documentationdiscoveryinterpretation, or the research and development (R&D) of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge.

Below are some organizations and/or projects delving into ocean research to further our understanding based on measurements and scientific investigation.

Undersea Robots

Powered by nature, the Wave Glider® is the only proven unmanned surface robot for real-time ocean data collection and communications over long durations and in varying sea states. Sitting at the surface, the Wave Glider is the essential sea floor to space link creating a network to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.… Continue reading Undersea Robots

ORCA – Ocean Research and Conservation Association

The mission of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) is to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action. Among the programs currently underway at ORCA, The ORCA Kilroy, the ORCA FAST™ (Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity) and the ORCA Sentinel programs… Continue reading ORCA – Ocean Research and Conservation Association

Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute is a 501©(3) private non-profit operation foundation established to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing information about the oceans. “Particles” in the ocean are considered by scientists to be anything that is not dissolved. This could include dust, phytoplankton, fecal pellets, fish, and even logs or marine debris. Studying… Continue reading Schmidt Ocean Institute

Oceans Research (S. Africa)

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife. Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilisation in Southern Africa’s coastal society. Oceans Research specialises in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals… Continue reading Oceans Research (S. Africa)

Ocean Research Project

We believe that while no one can do everything, everyone can do something to encourage a sustainable relationship between man and the marine environment. Mission: The Ocean Research Project (ORP) sails for science, education and exploration in order to direct the sustainability of the oceans. We serve scientific and academic communities by providing worldwide alternative… Continue reading Ocean Research Project

Ocean Acidification

What is Ocean Acidification? A pH unit is a measure of acidity ranging from 0-14. The lower the value, the more acidic the environment. Becoming more acidic is a relative shift in pH to a lower value. Pteropod Limacina Helicina. Courtesy of Russ Hopcroft, UAF. The Chemistry When carbon dioxide (CO2) is absorbed by seawater,… Continue reading Ocean Acidification

Climate Change

Climate change: How do we know? This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution. (Credit: Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.) Find out more about ice cores (external site). The Earth’s… Continue reading Climate Change

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

A department of UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education, and public service in the world. Research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans, Earth, and planets. Scripps undergraduate and graduate programs provide… Continue reading Scripps Institute of Oceanography