The Graduate School of Oceanography
Advancing knowledge of the oceans
The Graduate School of Oceanography makes essential contributions to humanity’s understanding of the world’s oceans—from Narragansett Bay to the Antarctic. We educate marine scientists, students, policymakers, business leaders, and citizens to address present and future marine challenges.
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Graduate School of Oceanography Points of Distinction
Narragansett Bay Campus
Overlooking the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this 153-acre campus is home to GSO and serves the URI Department of Ocean Engineering and College of the Environment and Life Sciences. With its multidisciplinary collection of internationally recognized experts, the Bay Campus is a hub for ocean science research, education, and outreach.
Premier Research Vessels
The R/V Endeavor is nearing the end of its 45 years of ocean-going interdisciplinary research expeditions. In 2018, the National Science Foundation selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by GSO, to operate and homeport one of only three state-of-the-art research vessels in its class. The new vessel, Narragansett Dawn, is scheduled for delivery to RI in 2023.
Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute
The institute, one of the largest research initiatives in the University’s history, provides leadership and coordination for five research institutions in support of ocean exploration and responsible resource management, while improving the scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthening the nation’s blue economy. The OECI aims to explore the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the United States, the 50% of our country “under water” and currently unexplored.
Inner Space Center
The Inner Space Center (ISC) conducts ocean exploration via live video and remote control. A diverse team of scientists, engineers, educators, and video producers make the center an international hub and inspiration for future ocean explorers.
Coastal Resources Center
The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities understand, cultivate, and sustain their marine resources. Working with the public, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to critical issues of marine management and conservation around the world.
Globally Recognized Leader in Oceanography
The Endeavor and new research vessel, the ISC, the CRC, and outreach programs make GSO a globally recognized leader in understanding and sustaining our ocean. We are proud of extensive international partnerships with researchers, students, and communities the world over.