September 12, 2012 chat with researchers and engineers utilizing an underwater robotic vehicle for real-time imaging, sampling, and mapping of active methane seeps and an active submarine volcano with novel biological communities. This live video conference event will connect students across the nation with scientist as they explore the mysteries of the sea floor. Additionally, high resolution video will be streamed live from the vehicle on the seafloor and from cameras around the ship so that viewers can watch and interact with oceanographic researchers while they are at sea.
The primary purpose of the Ocean Observatories Initiative is to support the ongoing construction of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative's cabled observatory, the first of its kind in the U.S. When completed in 2014, this observatory will carry electrical power and telecommunications bandwidth into the oceans to study tectonic plate scale geological, biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic processes across the seafloor and throughout the overlying water column.
See the VISIONS'11 website (http://interactiveoceans.washington.edu/visions11) for videos and content from last summer's expedition. Participants watching this year?s expedition can interact with researchers during the presentation on Twitter (#viz12) or Facebook. Teachers can also review the national science education standards that apply to their curriculum here.
For more information contact John Korb at the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN).