the Ocean State

Dive In, to an Ocean State of Mind

Our Lombardi Undersea Resource Center, or LURC, in Middletown Rhode Island provides the physical hub and incubation space for developing new technologies and techniques for human ocean exploration. Further, much of OO’s creative development work takes place from within the walls of several coffee shops located in Providence’s East Side.

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Despite the deep influences of the Island Nation, our roots are at home in the Ocean State of Rhode Island, USA. Its energetic and flourishing maritime industry largely influenced our upbringing, and the coastal community has cradled our humble beginnings. Further, the Ocean State’s capital city of Providence is at the heart of an intellectual engine that makes up the New England innovation sector.

The Ocean State has its own history in exploration with Narragansett Bay being explored by Giovanni di Verrazzano in the 1524. Further, Rhode Island is the settlement retreat of 17th century separatists for religious freedom, interestingly, quite contrary to the 18th century loyalists that settled the Island Nation.

With field programs taking us throughout the United States, the South Pacific ,Europe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and as far as Antarctica, we continually think about impacts at a global scale – recognizing that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction that helps to sculpt the world we live in.

However, it is our local actions that we embrace as our strengths, and provides the many tools, techniques, and leverage to reach out more globally.

Be it advocacy for local shark populations, extending the accessible range of local dive sites, creating artificial reefs, or engaging the humanities community with our work, OO is proud to help the Ocean State stand tall and up to its name.

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