If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the sandy portions of the Seacoast, you’ll know just how dynamic coastal systems can be — the sand is constantly moving around, scoured out in some places and pushed back up in others, making it an outdoor laboratory for studying sand and sediment transport.
A new ocean-going research vessel is on the horizon for scientists at the University of New Hampshire that will expand their capability to track ocean currents, conduct seafloor studies and study food web dynamics and fish migration.
When it comes to finding protection and a safe feeding ground, fish rely on towering blades of seaweed, like kelp, to create a three-dimensional hiding space. Kelp forests have been shown to be one of the most productive systems in the ocean with high biodiversity and ecological function.
The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography has created a consortium with two major institutions to operate the research vessel Endeavor for its final years and to jointly submit a proposal to operate a new ship, which would also be based at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus.