OceanScope Participants and Collaborators

The present OceanScope program was born from several long-standing collaborative ocean research projects on commercial vessels.    The program incorporated a long-standing private-academic-government partnership that originated with the OceanLab program on RCCL's Explorer of the Seas along with an ongoing research project on the freighter M/V Oleandor and several regional Ferry projects.

OceanLab program

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), the University of Miami (UM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) all provided critical funding for the OceanLab program on Explorer of the Seas from 2000 to 2014.  This partnership provided funding for the scientific instrumentation onboard Explorer of the Seas, the program's operation, scientific research publications and support for the public program that informed over 90,000 cruise ship guests about the most recent marine and atmospheric research of the day.

Oleandor and Ferry projects.

The University of Miami and RCCL have continued their fruitful partnership.    Most of the original participating partners have continued to fund scientific research and data collection onboard the cruise ships that is now under the umbrella of OceanScope.