|Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory|
|Air Resources Laboratory|
|Environmental Technology Laboratory|
|Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory|
|Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory|
|National Sea Grant College Program|
|National Undersea Research Program|
|Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory|
Progress in oceanography in the past quarter century has been greatly assisted by the development of undersea technology. The National Undersea Research Program (NURP), within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides a unique national service by providing undersea scientists with the tools and expertise they need to work in the undersea environment. We equip scientists with submersibles, remotely operated or autonomous underwater vehicles, mixed gas diving gear, underwater laboratories and observatories.
Our research programs cover a range of undersea environments from the shoreline to the deep sea, capturing nearly all the scientific disciplines. A compendium of NURP's scientific studies illustrates the significance of gathering information from the ocean, and the delight and dedication associated with ocean research and discovery. Beyond the glamour of diving on warm coral reefs, experienced scientists must overcome the many obstacles inherent in Earth's harshest environment. Undersea research requires risk and perseverance. The scientists' reward comes from overcoming the many obstacles and helping humans understand and live on the "water planet."
NURP's science programs are carried out by a series of regional centers around the nation. Projects are selected by peer-review, thus, opening up opportunities for undersea support to all of the nation's science community. Presently, the regional centers include:
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