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Fabian Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer and documentary maker Jacques Cousteau, has an ambitious new project that will allow him to live underwater for more than a month. Proteus is planned to be the first in a series of underwater research stations where scientists can study the ocean while also living in it.
In explaining the importance of the project and further oceanographic research, Cousteau says that only five percent of the ocean has truly been explored.
“As our life support system, the ocean is indispensable to solving the planet’s biggest problems. Challenges created by climate change, rising sea levels, extreme storms and viruses represent a multi-trillion-dollar risk to the global economy,” he said in a statement.
The renderings were designed by Yves Behar and his studio fuseproject, with facilities intended to focus on research in ocean conservation, renewable energy sources, and food sustainability. Proteus will also host academics, scientists, NGOs, and private companies.
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Fabian Cousteau is an oceanographic researcher and environmental advocate, and the grandson of famous documentary film maker Jacques Cousteau.
The Fabian Cousteau Ocean Learning Center announced it intends to build Proteus as an underwater research station in partnership with Northeastern and Rutgers universities.
It will hold 12 people for 31 days at a time, more than any other underwater research station.
It will be located off the coast of Curacao and is planned to be four times the size of the next largest underwater habitat.
It will be 60 feet under water in a protected area of the Caribbean Sea.
Proteus is a continuation of the work started on Aquarius.
Aquarius is an underwater research station, located in the Florida Keys.
Fabian Cousteau set the record for the longest time underwater in the 400 square foot Aquarius, with 31 days in 2014.
In those 31 days, Cousteau says he performed the equivalent of three years worth of research, resulting in 12 published studies.
These research stations allow scientists to do more research than by other traditional methods.
Doing this work while being underwater all day allows work that isn’t possible otherwise. Samples can be collected and studied on-site without dying en route to a lab on land, and more time can safely be spent underwater.
Proteus will have microscopes, freezers, and other technology to allow cutting edge research.
It will also have WiFi to allow researchers to communicate with scientists on land, and teleconnection with students for experiential ocean education, as Cousteau did with Aquarius.
A high-tech video production studio will allow researchers to document and share their findings.
The Cousteaus have been building underwater research facilities since the first in 1962, which Jacques Cousteau documented in his film “Le Monde sans Soleil (World without Sun).”
The group envisions Proteus as the first in a network of underwater habitats.
It will be powered by a combination of solar, wind, and thermal energy.
It will also have the first underwater greenhouse, …read more
Source:: Business Insider