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Supporting below-the-surface science

It’s hard to do marine science without going underwater at some point. Missions like the 2023 Rainier Integrates Charting, Hydrography, And Reef Demographics (RICHARD) mission aboard NOAA Ship Rainier are an example of how the NOAA Diving Program supports our shipboard science.

A diver under the water holding a notebook and ruler to measure coral

NOAA ship crew successfully fights fire at sea

Those who spend much of their time at sea know there are many perilous situations that can happen. Bad weather, mechanical problems, and injuries are challenging and all can contribute to larger problems.

NOAA Ship Rainier at the dock in Pago Pago, American Samoa