Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Bob Ballard, Others To Headline Ocean Exploration Webinar This Week


Ocean explorer Bob Ballard will be taking part in the first of a series of webinars this week organized by the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI).

The webinar will take place Wednesday, August 11th at 3 p.m. US Eastern time and in addition to Ballard will feature OECI Director Adam Soule and Manager Aurora Elmore, as well as US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) acting Chief Scientist Craig McLean and NOAA Ocean Exploration acting Director Genene Fisher.

The webinar is the first in a six-part series and will also feature a live Q&A session.

According to NOAA:

“The Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) is a NOAA-funded institute aimed at accelerating the pace of ocean exploration through the development of novel technology, engaging the public and training the next generation of ocean explorers, and conducting ambitious, sea-going expeditions to expand our knowledge of the U.S. [Exclusive Economic Zone]. The series will introduce the OECI partners, current achievements and their upcoming plans to push forward to the next stage of ocean exploration within the 53% of the U.S. EEZ that remains unmapped.”

Future webinars will include shipwrecks, underwater volcanoes and more. The full schedule is here.

You can watch the August 11th webinar on YouTube below.

Introduction to the NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute: Exploring the US' Blue Frontier

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.