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A. In instances where high-resolution images are available, a download link will be included in the image caption; the link will provide access to the largest version that we have available. If high-resolution download link is not included, most likely we do not have a high-resolution version of the image.
If you need larger versions of videos than those that are made available on the website, please contact us at email@example.com and indicate in your email what resolution you need. Larger video files, particularly for older content, may not be available, but for newer content, particularly from Okeanos Explorer expeditions, we can typically provide original source files up to ProRes quality. You can also search the OER Video Portal for access to larger versions of videos from Okeanos expeditions.
A. Out of respect for the privacy for the many contributors to the OceanExplorer.NOAA.gov website, our policy is to neither to provide, nor forward messages to, personal email addresses. We suggest you contact the scientist via their organization's website. If you have a general question about an expedition, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can try to track down a response for you.
For specific information about working as a member of the crew on a NOAA vessel, visit the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations website.
Expeditions require multidisciplinary teams of scientists and explorers who are highly experienced in their areas of discipline. As a result, opportunities to volunteer on missions typically do not exist. However, we do encourage you to pursue your interests in ocean science and exploration, either through education or work opportunities.
A. Check out the "OceanAge" section of this site, under "Education," to learn more about some of the careers available within the ocean sciences and recommendations on following similar career paths.
A. Most of the educators on board our expeditions have been working closely for some time with the scientists on the expedition. Many of them are collaborating on education and research-based projects and the opportunity to go to sea on an ocean exploration mission broadens the experience of the educators. This enables the scientists and the educators to continue to work more effectively on their joint collaborations.
NOAA (separate from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research) has a NOAA Teacher at Sea Program that accepts applications from teachers nationwide to participate in NOAA research-based cruises. For more information, visit the Teacher at Sea Program website.
A. You certainly may link to our website; however, any external links we provide on our website are limited to those with whom we collaborate on ocean expeditions.