Exploring Our Blue Planet
The seven seas represent an extremely challenging and almost boundless environment that a secret army of passionate oceanographers nevertheless joyfully dive into. Here, I explain the role that analytical science plays in understanding the many mysteries of the deep.
Rob Munier |
My interest in “watery” pursuits can be traced back to my youth and long summers on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, where there is a remarkably beautiful nexus of bays, creeks, canals and the Atlantic Ocean – all only 70 miles from New York City. I began SCUBA diving when I was 12 years old and have been diving ever since, both for research and for pleasure.
I became determined to study the ocean and found ways to use my love of diving as a research tool in both college and graduate school. I also vowed to make my vocation and avocation one and the same – as the saying goes: “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” I have been reasonably successful in my vow and had the chance to be involved in some great projects and initiatives, including groundbreaking work in ocean thermal-energy conversion, an ocean-based solar energy process, and building undersea telecommunications systems that span the globe. I am now responsible for helping scientists and engineers gain access to the sea with ships and submersibles for one of the top oceanographic research institutions in the world.
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