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Exploring Our Blue Planet

“How inappropriate to call this planet ‘Earth’ when it is quite clearly ‘Ocean’.”

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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Rob Munier

Vice President for Marine Facilities & Operations Directorate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachusetts, USA.

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