The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, Inc.

Short Name: GFOE
Country: United States of America
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The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration designs, builds, and operates some of the most capable underwater robotic technologies and satellite capabilities in the ocean exploration field. We also train engineers, filmmakers, videographers, and data managers in the field of ocean exploration.

Exploring the earth’s greatest depths. Producing the tools needed to get there. Bringing together global partners. Our team designs, builds, and operates some of the most capable underwater robotic technology in the field. From ocean depths to lake bottoms, our nonprofit organization knows no boundaries when it comes to exploration.


GFOE will undertake activities in WP3 Joint Research Activities.
In terms of access to infrastructure (WP2), GFOE brings a unique telepresence system to the project; a first for Europe. This will be part of the funded research cruises (WP2), enable remote access, training (WP6) and dissemination and communication (WP9 and overall project promotion (WP1).

GFOE’s central role will be to enable an oceanographic mission with a capability called “telepresence,” which engages communities of shore-based scientists, educators, the general public, and others in real-time ocean exploration. Information, including high-definition video from cameras on the ROV and ship, is streamed over a high-speed satellite link to shore, allowing anyone with an internet connection to view the data and information being collected.

GFOE will provide engineering personnel to install and operate a portable telepresence/satellite system, for streaming video live from the ROV to the internet. The system or its components can also be used on other appropriate ships of opportunity.

Modality of access: The user group that sails on the vessel/mission that uses the VSAT system will have continuous access to it, as the system will be temporarily installed on the vessel. it will be an oceanographic mission estimated at 14 days on the determined location.
Support offered: Users will have two engineers on board to deal exclusively with satellite and telepresence operations.

Outreach to new users: It is expected that this technology will stimulate the demand for the telepresence capability in future oceanographic missions. The benefits to live broadcasting of data allows for shoreside participants’ involvement and is much more cost effective than having people go to sea, competing for berth space on a vessel. It allows for many different disciplines to participate in a mission.

Relevant Publications

  • Robert Sohn, Morgan L.A., W.C. Pat Shanks III, Christopher Linder, Robert Harris, Karen Luttrell, and David Lovalvo. 2018. The Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone Lake. EOS – Earth and Space Science News.
  • Gregory, T., D. Lovalvo, B. Mohr, K. McLetchie, M. Ryan. 2016. Advancing Undersea Technology. Oceanography Supplement: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration, March 2016, Volume 29, No. 1.

  • Lovalvo, D., S.R. Clingenpeel, R.E. Macur, W.P. Inskeep, J. Glime, J. Varley, K. Nealson, and T.R. McDermott. 2010. A geothermal-linked biological oasis in Yellowstone Lake. Geobiology. 8:327–336. (

  • Morgan LA; Shanks WC, III; Lovalvo DA; Johnson SY; Stephenson WJ; Pierce KL; Harlan SS; Finn CA; Lee G; Webring M; Schulze B; Duehn J; Sweeney RE; Balistrieri LS. 2003. Exploration and discovery in Yellowstone Lake; results from high-resolution sonar imaging, seismic reflection profiling, and submersible studies. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v.122, no.3-4, pp. 221-242.


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