The ability to explore remote and challenging areas at sea, across a range of oceanographic disciplines, is becoming increasingly important for us to understand the complex nature of our oceans in order to predict future change.
Despite the increasing accuracy and precision of satellite measurements, the electromagnetic waves used for recording data from the oceans can only penetrate the top few millimetres of the ocean surface, leaving physical tools as the only viable way to research the ocean depths. For the foreseeable future, research vessels will be the primary method of oceanographic observation, through direct observation and via autonomous vehicles. Our research vessels support complex, multidisciplinary, multi-investigator research, and include state-of-the-art technology and instruments to provide research needs across all oceanographic disciplines.
The high-tech instruments and scientific facilities are capable of producing both precise and accurate data for a wide array of oceanographic parameters. The data collected by our research vessels help our scientists to lead the way in oceanographic science by enabling us to create models and make predictions about how our future oceans will change.
Our highly adaptable ships are able to support increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research, and are available for hire to institutions and businesses.