April 29, 2022

If you have ever wondered what it is like to participate on a sea-going oceanographic research cruise onboard a global class ship using an underwater robotic vehicle diving to depths of 10,000 ft, please consider applying to the UW VISIONS’22 program. There are no requirements and the program is open to all UW students no matter what your major is. There will be 4-5 legs of the cruise onboard the UW 274 ft-long R/V Thompson, a global class research ship hosting the robotic vehicle ROPOS. Each leg will be ~ 10-11 days long starting August 5 until September 7, 2022. Students can participate on one or more legs. There are no costs to students and transportation is provided to/from the ship (Seattle to Newport, OR). 

This is the annual maintenance cruise for the largest underwater observatory in the oceans directly connected to the Internet (the Regional Cabled Array). Team members include engineers from the Applied Physics Laboratory, oceanographers, and the ship and ROV staff.  During the cruise, we will be conducting work at the largest underwater volcano off our coast (Axial Seamount), at underwater hot springs – one of the most extreme environments on Earth, along the Oregon margin in some of the most biologically productive waters known, and at methane seep sites hosting novel biological communities. Applications are due May 15, 2022 and are available at https://interactiveoceans.washington.edu/, as well as additional information about the program. Please contact Dr. Deborah Kelley (dskelley@uw.edu) if you have any questions.