The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) specializes in providing scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and other cutting edge technologies. This Center, within the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i, is funded through a cooperative agreement from NOAA that began in 1980. The Center is now part of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
In Part 1 of this PBS Digital Studios video, we meet HURL operations manager Terry Kerby, a 30-year veteran submersible pilot, and we learn about the revival of a submarine launching technique that is helping to make deep-sea ocean exploration activities more economical for today’s marine scientists.
Stay tuned for Part 2!
Learn more about the HURL operations in this Huffington Post blog entry by oceanographer/videographer Craig Musburger, “How to launch a 13-ton submarine” (September 12, 2013).
Visit the HURL website for access to HURL’s deep-sea animal ID guide, photographs and video from maritime heritage and scientific discovery dives, and a full description of HURL’s submersible fleet.