New England oceanographers ask for new research vessel, AP reports

The Associated Press reported oceanographers in New England are asking the National Science Foundation for a new research vessel so they can explore the ocean together. The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire formed the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium to apply for a vessel, according to the AP. Twelve other universities and research institutes are associate consortium members and will collaborate on research and education initiatives. Associate consortium members include the University of Maine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, the AP reported. The Portland Press Herald carried the AP article.