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HACON: Hot Vents in an Ice-covered Ocean

A voyage of discovery funded by NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research will attempt to explore for the first time a hydrothermal vent field in the Arctic Ocean. The WHOI team will deploy HROV Nereid Under Ice to search for some of the same geological, chemical, and biological processes at the Gakkel Ridge north of Greenland that also may be underway on ice-covered worlds of our solar system.

Exploring Ocean Worlds (ExOW)

A five-year, $7.6 million NASA-funded project with partners across 11 institutions aimed at constructing a comprehensive theoretical framework that is informed and tested by experimental efforts to connect the broad spectrum of physical and chemical processes within an ocean world system.

Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog

SUBSEA brings together the worlds of Space and Ocean exploration science and is a partnership between NASA, NOAA, the Ocean Exploration Trust and various academic centers across the U.S.


Oases for Life Under Ice-covered Oceans

The Arctic Ocean is one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth and, as a result, the last major ocean basin to be explored for seafloor fluid flow. This expedition attempted to locate and explore hydrothermal vent sites (and any associated organisms) on the Karasik Seamount about 200 miles from the North Pole.


Transforming Remotely-conducted Research through Ethnography, Education & Rapidly Evolving Technologies (TREET)

TREET is an oceanographic research program nested within an educational opportunity for aspiring undergraduate science majors and an ethnographic study of the growing culture of remote scientific research that also provides students with real-time participation in an active deep-ocean research initiative and improves our understanding of greenhouse gas fluxes from the seafloor to the oceans and the atmosphere.