The World’s Largest Underwater Observatory
The oceans are the world’s largest ecosystem. Encompassing roughly 70 percent of Earth’s surface, they drive global climate and are critical to life on the continents. And yet they are some of the most mysterious and little known places on our planet. But one of the most ambitious ocean research projects ever undertaken is meant to change that.
The Oceans Observatories Initiative, a collaboration among several universities and institutions, is outfitting the global oceans with a suite of instruments that could revolutionize the way scientists study the deep seas. More than 700 instruments and sensors — including seismometers, mass spectrometers, and high-definition cameras — are being deployed, some at depths of 10,000 feet.