Ushering in a new world of ocean science, the R/V Sikuliaq begins its research journey in 2014. The state-of-the-art research vessel will aid scientists as they search for answers to our most pressing oceanographic questions.
The Sikuliaq will enable researchers to collect sediment samples from the seafloor, host remotely operated vehicles, use advanced winches to raise and lower scientific equipment, and conduct surveys throughout the water column using extensive research instrumentation.
In May of 2014, the UA Museum of the North will open a special exhibition on the this brand new vessel, the people who have made it possible, and the science now possible from its decks.
In the exhibition, museum visitors will be able to operate models of the ship, tour a history of shipboard research, find out where the ship is right now, explore the ocean depths, and watch diverse professions work to make global science possible.
Over 80,000 local national, and international visitors will view the exhibit at the UA Museum of the North, in Fairbanks AK. A companion exhibit will be shown at the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward AK. Portions of the exhibit and associated digital media will be integrated into the UA museum’s permanent galleries and displays at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF after the special exhibition.