Schmidt Ocean Institute works to advance the frontiers of global marine research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to the pioneering ocean science and technology development projects at sea. Our program is structured around the following key focus areas:

Commitment to Excellence in Oceanographic Research Operations

Excellence in sea-going operations of scientific research vessels is critical to accelerating the pace of global marine science. Schmidt Ocean Institute is dedicated to supporting advanced marine science on R/V Falkor, including the following systems and activities:

• Technical and operational improvements of Falkor as a research platform
• Support of innovative shipboard embedded scientific instruments and systems
• Support of remote research via telepresence and satellite data streaming
• Shipboard high performance computing for at-sea modeling and data analysis

Infrastructure, Platform, and Technology Development for Marine Sciences

Technology innovation drives scientific progress. Schmidt Ocean Institute supports at-sea testing and development of new scientific robotic vehicles, instruments, platforms, computational algorithms for data analysis and interpretation, and artificial intelligence systems, including the following technologies and activities:

• Robotic research vehicles (HROV, ROV, AUV, ASV, UAV, gliders, etc.)
• Deployable scientific platforms and analytical instruments (sensors, observatories, etc.)
• At-sea R&D of new technologies and computational algorithms on SOI vessels and vehicles
• Technology focused R&D projects as part of Falkor cruise program

Collaborative Scientific Research Aboard Falkor

Schmidt Ocean Institute provides researchers from around the world with access to Falkor to foster a deeper understanding of the global ocean through technological innovation. We support the following types of projects:

• Environmentally focused and societally relevant ocean research
• Projects with high intrinsic scientific value and meaningful impact potential
• Research effectively leveraging innovative technologies
• Oceanographic research encouraging student participation

Communications, Education, and Outreach Program

“The purpose of this ship, as she leaves on her various missions, is to communicate about the science of the oceans to people so that they can care about it. We can’t take care of something that we don’t understand and we can’t care if we don’t know.” – Wendy Schmidt, March 6, 2012. Our communications program includes the following activities:

• Telling the story about every project we support aboard Falkor
• Supporting continuous online presence and resources for our virtual visitors
• Holding workshops and symposia to discuss progress and future directions
• Encouraging partnerships, as well as student, and educator participation

Open Sharing of Information, Data, and Research Outcomes

Schmidt Ocean Institute supports open sharing of information about the ocean to stimulate the growth of its applications and user community, and amplify further exploration, discovery, and deeper understanding of our environment. These efforts are supported through partnerships with data management experts in the oceanographic community to enable standards-compliant sharing of scientific information and data collected during research cruises.