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January 18, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Hiking Up

Chief Scientist Erik Cordes is happy. The work on the seepage sites along the Costa Rican margin has taken less dive time than expected, and additionally, the team has been finding multiple new species.


January 14, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Week 1 Video

We have seen some amazing ecosystems and animal life on our first week of exploration off the coast of Costa Rica, but do you know why our team is there? Find out the details and watch some of the spectacular highlights from our ROV dives in this week’s video update.


Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Up Against

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January 10, 2019

Our Costa Rica Margin Adventure Begins

Hello all – this is my first trip on the R/V Falkor! I am thrilled to finally sail on this lovely ship, after having watched its expeditions for years online, and having sent some members of my lab out on a Falkor cruise last fall.


January 9, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Familiar and Unknown

Just a few hours journey from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the continental shelf ends. The Costa Rican shelf meets the continental slope, which is a drastically steep drop-off, suddenly going from relatively shallow water to an average of about 3500 meters of depth.


December 30, 2018

The creative process in an artist-at-sea experience

I can imagine that for every Artist-at-Sea and for every researcher that has been part of an oceanographic cruise on the Falkor, there have been a variety of very specific circumstances that inspired and triggered their work, making advancements in their research.


December 25, 2018

New Approaches to Autonomous Exploration at the Costa Rican Shelf Break: Wrap Up Video

“We are building technologies that allow us to do more with less. And if you think about the history of oceanography would have been unthinkable even 30 years ago. By pushing forward on the technology we are able to greatly expand our ability to observe our world.”


December 22, 2018

The Crawl Before the Walk

The series of processes that take place in the development of any given task, no matter how mundane, are astonishing.


December 21, 2018

A Numbers Game

The oceans are big. The universe is even bigger. A needle in a haystack does not begin to describe the difficulty of finding what you are looking for on the Earth’s seafloor, much less below the icy cover of a moon orbiting Jupiter 588 million kilometers away!


December 20, 2018

Advancing Autonomy at the Costa Rican Shelf Break — Week 1 Video

Researchers are off the coast of Costa Rica, testing robots by integrating sensors, software, and mechanics to create underwater vehicles that can travel through unknown and potentially hazardous subsea regions. These types of vehicles, once able to make decisions without input from humans, will help us understand the oceans of Earth, as well as other planets.