Live ship-to-shore video telecast to the Exploration Vessel Nautilus at the Central Library

The public is invited to the Santa Barbara Central Library to join a live ship-to-shore video telecast to the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, which will be exploring deep water canyons and reefs in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the Coast of San Francisco at noon on Saturday, August 12.

The ship just completed exploration in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary to map and characterize paleo shorelines, and staff who participated in the local expedition will be on hand to share their highlights and experiences aboard the ship. The ship-to-shore telecast will be a unique opportunity to ask direct questions of the research scientists onboard about the expedition. This is a free event and open to all. The Central Library is located at 40 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.

The live broadcast is in celebration of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries  “Get into Your Sanctuary” Day on August 12th to encourage awareness of sanctuaries as iconic destinations for sustainable ocean-based recreation. Sanctuaries across the system will be enticing visitors to “get into” their local sanctuary through a series of events and special activities.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is teaming up with Dr. Robert Ballard and Ocean Exploration Trust to explore the marine ecosystems of the West Coast. Working aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, scientists are mapping and exploring targets throughout the U.S. West Coast from Canada to Mexico. Nautilus will utilize ROVs to undertake visual surveys, collect high-definition video imagery, collect biological and geological samples, and ground truth the newly-collected multibeam data. “ROV” stands for remotely operated vehicle and are unoccupied, highly maneuverable underwater robots operated by someone at the water surface. Cameras on the ROVs allow the public to share in underwater exploration in real time, with live-streaming images on NautilusLive.org.

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