CIOERT facilitates collaboration among academic scientists, technical research organizations, NOAA and other Federal researchers, and industry. CIOERT improves the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of in situ approaches to exploration and thereby expand opportunities for shelf frontier exploration and research. Affordability considerations include not only the initial cost of exploration and instrumentation technology, but also the cost of operation, and data yield per unit effort, among other mission‑specific considerations. CIOERT replaces destructive, inaccurate, and inefficient ocean sampling systems with minimally invasive, accurate, precise, and efficient sampling systems.
We will draw on a variety of existing sampling methods from the basic science bench-top, regulatory, biomedical, and commercial communities, and seek to adapt those technologies for ocean use. CIOERT is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and headquartered at Harbor Branch at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Fla. CIOERT technology capabilities include assets and the ability to operate them, as well as engineering and training services. On a project-by-project basis, the CIOERT operations team works closely with the science leads to develop, integrate and apply required capabilities to meet mission objectives. CIOERT will engage the nation in our endeavors by sharing the exploration experience, and the excitement of discovery with stakeholders and the world.