SUBSEA Research Overview

SUBSEA logoWelcome to the NASA SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) research program website! Ocean exploration on Earth and interplanetary exploration in space could share similar approaches, and NASA and its partners are studying how.

SUBSEA brings together the worlds of Space and Ocean exploration science and is a partnership between NASA, NOAA, the Ocean Exploration Trust and various academic centers across the U.S. Our funding is provided by the NASA PSTAR (ROSES Element C14) program, with additional support from NOAA Office of Ocean and Exploration Research (OER).

The SUSBEA research program was founded in 2017, and our nominal program length is for just over three years. Our team will head to the deep ocean on-board of the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus to explore volcanic seamounts at depths of up to 4000m with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Click on the Mission Overview to learn more about SUBSEA research.