Research Vessel Open House

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary will be hosting two open houses for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’s newest research vessel, the SRVx, on Sept. 15 (Wed. — 3-6pm) in Scituate at the sanctuary’s boathouse on Sunset Road and on Sept. 16 (Thurs.– 2-6pm) in Woods Hole and the National Marine Fisheries Service dock on Water Street.  Individuals are invited to tour the vessel and speak with sanctuary researchers about our recent maritime heritage expedition and future marine mammal and other science investigations.

For more information about the open houses, contact:
Anne Smrcina, Education Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
781-545-8026 ext. 204
781-738-2242 (cell)

Ocean Survey Vessel Open House, Boston

From June 18-25, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) staff will be conducting an eight-day survey in Massachusetts Bay on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel Bold—a 224-foot converted U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ship that is specifically designed to help EPA conduct a wide range of environmental monitoring activities and perform onboard data analysis. CZM will be collecting samples of sediments and benthic organisms and shooting underwater videos of the seafloor to support the state’s ocean planning efforts. After the CZM survey, the Bold will be docked along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier between the Moakley Courthouse and the Institute for Contemporary Art, and on June 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EPA will host a free open house aboard the vessel. The Bold is staffed by a team of EPA scientists who conduct surveys with partner research institutions and government agencies to monitor and assess the health of coastal and ocean waters. In addition to demonstrations of how the Bold’s state-of-the art oceanographic equipment is used, scientists from partner agencies—CZM, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Urban Harbors Institute—will present information about recent research from coastal Massachusetts. There will also be a “touch tank” full of sea organisms from New England waters provided by the New England Aquarium. Kids of all ages will be able to see research equipment up close and learn from marine scientists and dive team members about the ship and ongoing research projects.

Art Contest Featuring Research Vessel

Encourage your students and colleagues’ students to submit entries for the J-aRt Contest, accepting any artwork featuring the intrepid research vessel JOIDES Resolution and her scientists and crew. Prizes include a visit to the winning school by members of the JR team.

Learn more about the ship

Enter the art contest


Research Vessel Interactive Site

The 470-foot JOIDES Resolution (JR) is one of the most important and largest earth and ocean science research vessels in the world. The JR is run by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program,  and the core samples and data that its scientists and crew bring up from the seafloor every day hold exciting and significant clues to Earth’s history, climatic changes, geologic events, and much more.  You  and your students can now get involved in this dynamic researchonlineOn this new interactive site, you can ask real scientists questions, track the ship’s location, explore daily ship blogs, watch up-to-the-minute videos (be sure to check out PNN News on the home page), and take advantage of other real time resources. Become a friend of the JR on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, and explore teaching activities for young children through college – including suggestions for how to use the website and real data from the ship.  The site also offers free posters, inflatable JR tracking globes, and other classroom materials.