A State-of-the-Art Marine Research Project
An International Space Station, Underwater
Fabien lives by the principle that “there is no such thing as the impossible!” For years, Fabien has dreamed of building a modern underwater habitat; an ‘international space station’ under water. His dream and determination to turn this into a reality was reinforced after Fabien and his crew spent 31 days living and working at the last habitable underwater facility, Aquarius, now over 30 years old.
EXPLORE MISSION 31
One of the most valuable lessons to come from Mission 31 was understanding firsthand what ‘the luxury of time’ can afford. With days rather than hours to explore, study, watch, listen and learn from the surrounding ocean environment Fabien and his team gathered over three years worth of scientific data. It was the time spent at saturation exploring the ocean world around them that opened the door to new and greater understandings.
The success and global reach of Mission 31 set the stage for and became the proof of concept to support the development of the next generation, deep-sea research facility.
The FCOLC seeks to continue the work advanced by Fabien and the team on Mission 31 by redefining the frontiers of marine research and establishing a technologically advanced underwater research facility aimed at advancing the way we go about saturation diving, while expanding our understanding of ocean processes and how they impact our lives and our climate.
To offer scientists and academics an essential state-of-the-art research lab and a platform to give rise to disruptive scientific breakthroughs in areas such as medicine, genetics, sustainable energy and food cultivation. The FCOLC’s vision is that Proteus will be a catalyst to improve the health of humanity and the oceans upon which all life relies.
Core to FCOLC programming this year is the initial design and development of Proteus. Proteus will redefine the way we go about deep-sea exploration and research. Scientists tell us that they need advanced tools like a technologically advanced underwater station and habitat if we are to expect breakthroughs, in part because anything that gives them more time at greater depths is a huge benefit to advancing ocean-based research, given the challenges and difficulty of time in deeper waters.
The overall effect of…underwater habitat programs… on our understanding of coral reefs and other subtidal habitats has been enormous.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Science, Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University
FACTORS SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM
Scientific Need: Time to Listen to Nature
Co-efficiency of Time: Accelerating the Timeline
Discovery: Unlocking Solutions
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