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A LEGACY OF EXPERIENTIAL SCIENCE

The first scientists didn’t work in a lab. They worked in the real world. Climbing mountains to find rare species, deep sea diving to explore the depths of the untamed oceans and soaring the open skies in experimental craft, they pioneered the path for modern scientists to follow in their footsteps—and their flippers.

Today, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, are pioneering an Exploration Science Initiative to take the next generation of explorers to the heart and soul of science itself: through the power of experience.

SCIENCE FOR A NEW FRONTIER

Scientists have only begun to scratch the surface of our planet’s mysteries. Our understanding of the earth’s environment is limited by our research, especially in extreme environments. These environments-in the remote sea, underground and at the interface of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere-are vital pieces for solving the ecological puzzles that face our planet.

THE HANDS-ON RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

As science grows more specialized, many of the projects underway require hundreds of hours of hands-on research. Exploration Science combines scientific research with an outreach and educational platform that allows the general public, young and old, to join University of Miami researchers for experiential and virtual expeditions in ecological, oceanographic, aviation and diving research.

Utilizing new technologies to engage and educate the public, our scientists involve non-scientists of all ages in actual expeditions, training them to augment research efforts and drastically shorten research timelines by becoming the eyes and ears of expert researchers.