AskScience AMA Series: We're scientists on a NOAA mission to explore the deep, unseen waters off Hawaii. Ask Us Anything! [dataset]

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Hello guys! Thanks for taking some field time to do this AMA! A couple of questions: Sounds like there is quite a lot of terrain to look at -how do you select specific targets for the dives? Could you elaborate about the geological objectives of your project? What are you hoping to see in those parts? Have you encountered any hexactinellids in the sponge communities you have encountered so far? If so, what can you tell us about them? Could you please share the link to your live feed? I'm sure
more » ... ve feed? I'm sure several of us would love to peek over your shoulder as you carry out your underwater traverses so to speak, and might even have some specific questions about what they see onscreen as the AMA progresses. Thanks for the link! ABSTRACT Hello Reddit! We are Chris Kelley (deep-sea biologist, University of University of Hawai'i at Manoa), Daniel Wagner (research specialist, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument), Kelley Elliott (NOAA ocean explorer) and Meme Lobecker (NOAA seafloor mapping expert). We are joined by the Mission Team onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to answer your questions about our expedition to explore the deep waters off Hawaii. We are on the second of four expedition legs and are exploring in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We will also later explore Johnston Atoll in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. These large marine protected areas are national symbols of ocean conservation; however, given their remote location, the vast majority of deeper waters in these areas remains unseen by human eyes. Learn more about the expedition here: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1504/welcome.html Throughout the expedition, we are using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the seafloor, and our ROVs' video streams are being transmitted via satellite from ship to shore. This means anyone with an Internet connection can tune in LIVE with scientists from around the world sharing an unprecedented glimpse of never-seen-before deep marine habitats. Access the live video here: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html. We expect to encounter large, diverse coral and sponge communities; explore ancient seamounts; map the seafloor; and learn more about the geologic history of the area. Information collected during the expedition will support management decisions to protect what we know as well as what we have yet to discover. We have all participated in numerous deep-ocean exploration missions. (joining us is /u/melanostomias ) We're here from 2:00 pm ET to 4:00 pm ET to answer your questions about the Hawaiian expedition or ocean exploration in general...AUA! Thanks everyone for participating today! Great questions! We got a lot of questions regarding advice for folks looking to get into careers in deep-ocean exploration. A couple of good resources on this topic include:
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