Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:00pm
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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Ocean Exploration Technologies: Past, Present, and Future

Robert D. Ballard, Founder and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography/University of Rhode Island; Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust and Senior Scientist Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will discuss “Ocean Exploration Technologies: Past, Present, and Future.” Hosted by the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

What does the future of ocean exploration look like? Deep-sea explorer Robert D. Ballard, famous for the discovery of hydrothermal vents, “black smokers,” and the wreck of the RMS Titanic, will discuss the history and future of ocean exploration technologies. From the earliest manned deep-diving submarines to the latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems that use satellite technology to transmit data in real time, technology has increasingly made interactive ocean exploration a reality. Ballard will highlight past scientific achievements in ocean exploration and outline the opportunities ahead for using advanced tele-presence technologies.

The lecture will be followed by a preview of “Marine Life” in the Putnam Family Gallery. This exhibit is made possible by a generous gift from George Putnam III, AB ’73, JD ’77, MBA ’77, and Kathy Putnam. Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Free and open to the public.

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Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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