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H.M.S Challenger - Ocean Exploration Then, Now and the Future.

The College of Exploration was awarded a grant in 2003 from NOAA's Office of Exploration (http://www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov) to create educational programs related to ocean exploration beginning with H.M.S. Challenger.

Three websites have been developed for this project. A three week online workshop was completed on the virtual campus of the College of Exploration. The archives of this are available at http://www.coexploration.org/oe2004

Many of the volumes from the original volumes are available online at http://www.hmschallenger.org

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps has created a website that has recreated online an actual exhibit on H.M.S. Challenger at the aquarium that has been discontinued.

Other Ideas: Recreation of the Challenger Expedition

The College of Exploration proposes to work as part of a Challenger team (involving scientists and researchers from universities and research institutions) to recreate the H.M.S. Challenger expedition of 1872, both as an actual oceanographic exploration and as a virtual electronic voyage. 

The re-created Challenger expedition would provide an opportunity to capture the excitement and importance of that pioneer expedition, to support current marine research and to develop educational programs for a variety of audiences.  It would afford comparative data for use by science and education communities.  Comparisons could include:

  • Ocean Data
  • Weather and Climate Data
  • Marine Organisms
  • Types of Research Vessels
  • Tools and Scientific instruments
  • Navigational Aids
  • Political Entities
  • Cultural Changes

It would help build global awareness of the issues of the ocean and would build a global community of interest about the sea among the public, scientists, educators, technologists, sailors, and students.

The project would consist of various phases and components, which could be going on simultaneously or individually, based on funding issues and logistical complexities.




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