Further Reading
About UNOLS:

UNOLS Charter
UNOLS History
UNOLS Vision, Mission and Current Top Issues
What's new in UNOLS?
Directory of UNOLS Members
UNOLS Vessels
Guidelines for Req/Becoming a UNOLS Vessel
UNOLS Public Outreach Resources
Federal Sponsors


Page updated: April 30, 2014

What is UNOLS?

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of 61 academic institutions and National Laboratories involved in oceanographic research and joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships' schedules and research facilities.

The original UNOLS Charter was written in 1972 and most recently revised in 2013. As of May 1, 2009, the office for UNOLS is located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Why UNOLS? Former Chairman Ken Johnson has written a white paper entitled "The University - National Oceanographic Laboratory System: Celebrating 25 Years as the Nation's Premier Oceanographic Research Fleet".

One of the primary functions of UNOLS is to ensure the efficient scheduling of scientific cruises aboard the 20 research vessels located at 16 operating institutions in the UNOLS organization. Both current and future schedules for these ships are available through the UNOLS scheduling link on this page. A searchable database of world wide research vessel schedules can be found on OCEANIC, an on-line information system of the Ocean Information Center at the University of Delaware. OCEANIC can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.researchvessels.org/.


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