SEA vessels routinely travel through areas not frequented by other research vessels, and they do so on an annual basis providing valuable long-term data sets. The sophisticated instrumentation on the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Atlantic and the SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Pacific allows students to collect high quality data. Students are able to analyze and include this data in their scientific research projects, and then submit it to national and international archives that are used by the entire oceanographic research community. In addition, SEA vessels serve as “ships of opportunity” that can launch instruments and provide valuable open ocean samples and data to collaborators from institutions around the world. If you are interested in learning more about collaborating with SEA, please contact:

Erik Zettler, Associate Dean for Institutional Relations and Research

ARGO Float launches

SEA students and staff continue to these automated floats on numerous cruises in the Pacific for NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Researchers identify areas of low coverage that SEA vessels are sailing through and students can launch and then monitor the progress and data from “their” float!
NOAA/PMEL Argo Profiling CTD Float Web Site

Oceanographic Archives

SEA oceanographic data is being submitted to a number of archives:
National Science Foundation R2R archive for general oceanographic data
National Ocean Data Center for CTD data

Ocean Genome Legacy is a non-profit marine research institute and genome bank dedicated to exploring and preserving the threatened biological diversity of the sea. Students on the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program are contributing tissue and genomic information to the OGL genome bank whose purpose is to: “…provide secure storage and broad public access to genomic materials, to create a forum for sharing samples, data and ideas, and to serve as a catalyst for research that can help to protect marine ecosystems and improve the human condition.”

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) describes their project as: “OBIS is an evolving strategic alliance of people and organizations sharing a vision to make marine biogeographic data, from all over the world, freely available over the World Wide Web. OBIS is tailored towards global awareness of our oceans and global contribution to knowledge about our oceans.” Since SEA Semester students are collecting and identifying organisms whose distribution and abundance are poorly described, they can make a real contribution to this data set.