“Living and working aboard Rainier was not only a technical learning experience, but a peek into the lives of the NOAA officers, scientists, and crew members. Science at sea is remarkably different than anything I have participated in before. The technicians aboard Rainier were quick to let us join their lives and laboratories; I was constantly engaged, challenged, and impressed by what it takes to collect and process data in such a unique environment." - Sky Smith
“Participating in the Mappers-in-Training Program was an insightful hands-on opportunity! I expanded my knowledge in various software, procedures, backscatter, and other properties involved in the collection of high quality multi-beam sonar data. My experience aboard the Rainier was a memorable one; especially in regards to the physical demands and sacrifices required for life at-sea. This internship has influenced me to continue towards future sonar (or GIS) mapping projects for marine mammals and ecosystems.” – Kwanza Johnson
“Aside from the simply stunning experience of a research cruise in the Channel Islands, my time in the [program] gave me a host of useful skills for my own research. Shipboard on the NOAA ship Rainier, I got an immersive introduction of the logistics involved with conducting ship-based science, and the best practices for multibeam bathymetry data collection. Additionally, the various agencies we met with during the [program] gave me insight into how science informs policy here in the Channel Islands region, and how ongoing research is seeking to reconcile both environmental and industrial demands.” - George Snyder
The importance of partnerships was highlighted throughout the internship and was underscored as vital to the successful planning and execution of Rainier’s mission to fill information gaps about benthic resources inside the Sanctuary.
This program was funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), and conducted in partnership with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Pacific OCS Region.