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NOAA's Manned Undersea Science and Technology program

  • J. W. Miller1 and
  • D. C. Beaumariage1
Helgoländer wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen24:BF01609496


1. In August 1971, a Manned Undersea Science and Technology Program was established within NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) of the United States.

2. The purpose of this program is to support the exploration and development of marine resources utilizing undersea systems. These systems include research submersibles, underwater laboratories, underwater habitats, and related systems and technology.

3. Several programs have been carried out utilizing the various systems mentioned above. The projects range from geological studies on the carbonate platforms of British Honduras, to undersea investigation of the Pacific walrus under the ice in the Bering Sea.

4. This paper describes the current program of the Manned Undersea Science and Technology Office, a review of the programs conducted to date, and a look into the future of NOAA's undersea efforts in science and technology.