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Here are a few shots from our Sunday return to Honolulu to change out student research teams. The second group is now working on the southwest side of Oahu. 
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We got a nice view, and a little break from the wind, as we passed Lanai en route to the main study area. 
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Falkor is now in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on what will be the most extensive seafloor mapping expedition ever to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The work should reveal new deep-sea coral reefs and other key features, fueling critical research in the Monument for years to come. 
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Falkor was at sea yesterday for training and equipment testing in preparation for an ambitious slate of cruises beginning in February. This is the view from the ship on the way back into Honolulu just after the harbor pilot got onboard.
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Today at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute scientist is discussing a sonar mapping expedition aboard Falkor and what the data gathered are revealing to he and his colleagues about the event that caused the extinction of most dinosaurs. 
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The Hawaiian Islands have their own distinct magnetism, and so do their volcanic rock layers. Read about how the students are using magnetic data to better understand the islands' formation. 
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Today, Falkor departs Honolulu for the second time with something other than the standard complement of seasoned ocean scientists. While the expedition will produce valuable data, the focus will be on inspiring and training students.
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The expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is yielding spectacular sonar maps of multiple seamounts, a deep ridge that's likely a coral haven, and a mysterious crater. Scientists aboard say of Falkor's mapping capabilities: "...the level of detail is simply the best we’ve ever seen."
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The inaugural Schmidt Ocean Institute Student Cruise is now underway. Read here about the work the team will be doing to study deep-diving whales. And click on the Cruise Log button in the upper left corner to follow the daily blog.
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There's a short feature on Schmidt Ocean Institute and Falkor in the current edition of Hydro International
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Seeking to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans.
Introduction

Schmidt Ocean Institute supports research and exploration projects that help expand the understanding of the world's oceans through technological advancements, data-rich observation and analysis, and open sharing of information. 

Vision

The world's oceans understood through technological advancement, intelligent sensing, and open sharing of information.

Mission

We combine advanced science with state-of-the art technology on our globally capable research vessels to create a lasting legacy in ocean exploration and discovery, catalyze open sharing of information about the oceans, and foster deeper understanding of our environment. 

Our mission is intentionally broad, as we approach ocean research from the engineering and operational perspectives:  We aim to maintain and operate R/V Falkor as a multi-functional ocean research platform suitable for a variety of scientific projects that fit within the scope of our mission. 

Our operational model is based on supporting scientific research at sea by providing the collaborating scientists with free access to our research vessel, on-board equipment, and associated technical support in exchange for a commitment to openly share the resulting scientific data.

Values

The following values embody our culture and work practices:

  • Proactive approach:  We foster enthusiasm and the sense of purpose throughout our team and collaborators.
  • Integrity:  We are committed to the highest standards of conduct and hold ourselves accountable to the aspirations of our Founders.
  • Sharing:  We openly share our discoveries and knowledge to promote scientific progress and catalyze global social awareness.
  • Open-mindedness:  We keep our minds open to various perspectives, including those that are different from our own.
  • Professionalism:  We take disciplined and informed approach in planning our activities.  We are diligent in execution and performance evaluations.  We learn from both our successes and failures.
  • Collaboration:  We recognize that our impact is multiplied by leveraging the efforts, knowledge, and resources of our collaborators.