Ocean Tech Program

Applying emerging technology to the observation of our changing oceans.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke

Ocean Technology is recognized as a multidisciplinary field that combines ocean science with the classical engineering disciplines and advances in computer science. The goal of this class is to prepare students for a New Era of study in Oceanography.

The Ocean Technology course sequence is a series of classes that share in design/build “events”: (1st) winter quarter focus is on the fundementals of how ocean science observe and measure characteristics of the ocean, and; (2nd) in the spring quarter students participate in individual sensor design and build.  Each of these events combines an intense design and build studio to create a guided experiential learning environment.  As technology changes and the student built sensor network grows, the content presented in these short course will also change.  This format allows students new to the ocean technology field a chance to gain an exposer to the field (An Introduction to Ocean Technology), and then later to participate in a studio course which leads directly to a design and build experience (Ocean_Tech I, II, and III). 

The ERIS (Exploration and Remote Instrumentation by Students) cabled observatory will be a student designed and built underwater learning facility at the University of Washington. This is a "hands-on" style course for variable credit which focuses on the technological challenges and potential solutions for this facility. ERIS and its educational mission will enable undergraduate students to design, build, operate, and maintain a cabled underwater observatory providing for a continuous data-stream for analysis, interpretation, and communication by students. From inspiration through implementation, this program will be focused on the creation and operation of an underwater science sensor network that physically is located off the dock of the School of Oceanography at University of Washington Seattle campus.

For more information contact, Miles Logsdon (mlog@uw.edu)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke