Today’s technologies allow us to explore the ocean in increasingly systematic, scientific, and noninvasive ways. With continuing scientific and technological advances, our ability to observe the ocean environment and its resident creatures is beginning to catch up with our imaginations, expanding our understanding and appreciation of this still largely unexplored realm.

This section of the Ocean Explorer website highlights the technologies that make today's explorations possible and the scientific achievements that result from these explorations. Technologies include platforms such as vessels and submersibles, observing systems and sensors, communication technologies, and diving technologies that transport us across ocean waters and into the depths, allowing us to scientifically examine, record, and analyze the mysteries of the ocean.