WHOI Collaborates on Immersive Ocean Exhibit at TED Conference

VANCOUVER – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is making waves at the annual TED conference in Vancouver for the second straight year.

This year they are doing it with an immersive exhibit called Mission:Ocean.

The installation represents a unique collaboration between WHOI, OceanX, and the BBC, and was supported and designed by the Avatar Alliance Foundation.

Together they are working to start a new conversation about the planet’s largest shared resource.

The focal point of the Mission:Ocean exhibit is a larger-than-life video installation spread across five, 13-foot-tall screens.

The video takes viewers from the ocean surface, through the shadowy twilight zone, down to hydrothermal vents and the deepest ocean trenches.

Viewers are also swept up and away to the outer reaches of the solar system, where WHOI and NASA are collaborating on deep-ocean exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life in the oceans of other worlds.

Guests also get an insider’s view of ocean research and discovery through SharkCam, WHOI’s autonomous underwater robotic tracking and imaging system.

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