Aquarius Habitat: 2005 Project with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration
May 19 - June 3, 2005
The Aquarius is
the only undersea laboratory dedicated to marine science operating in the
world. Owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
and managed by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), Aquarius
operates 4.5 kilometers offshore of Key Largo, Florida. The underwater laboratory
is deployed next to deep coral reefs, 20 meters beneath the surface.
Aquarius provides life support systems that allow scientists to live and work underwater, in reasonably comfortable living quarters, with sophisticated research capabilities.
This year, one project will be conducted that relates to the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration. This project will be in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of the USA.