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Royal Caribbean International and the UM Rosenstiel School have an ongoing partnership to collect scientific measurements onboard cruise ships. In 2000, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas became the first test-bed cruise ship to be outfitted with a comprehensive suite of oceanographic and meteorological instruments that provide real-time data on atmospheric and ocean conditions along the ship’s paths, to scientists at the Rosenstiel School. In addition to the real-time data collection, a shipboard Oceanlab program offers onboard laboratory tours and scientist lecture for cruise guests.

Over the years, the program has evolved into an innovative academic-maritime industry alliance, that include two universities—UM and University of Rhode Island—operating six vessels—including both cruise and container ships that monitor the state of our oceans and climate.

Today, this unique partnership continues to amass an incredibly valuable dataset highlighting the intricate connection between the ocean, atmosphere and global climate.

Oceanscope is gearing up for its next venture with Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruise Lines aboard its newest ship Celebrity Flora that will begin sailing in May of 2019, to one of the most sensitive ecosystems on Earth—the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.

For more information, please visit the OceanScope website.