The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of 63 academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research and joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships' schedules and research facilities.
From 2009-2015 Clare Reimers was chair of the UNOLS Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) that serves as a liaison and planning body as well as an information source for federal agency representatives and the scientific community concerning long range planning, and funding for design, construction or renovation of vessels and other specialized capabilities within the UNOLS fleet.
Today Dr. Reimers is Project Scientist on the Regional Class Research Project that is a 10-year OSU-led and NSF-supported project to design, construct and transition to UNOLS operation two research vessels for the ocean sciences. http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/rcrv/. As Project Scientist she helps ensure the vessels will meet current science mission requirements, and she keeps the science community informed of progress along the project's timeline.
In 2011 Dr. Reimers initiated a program to train early career scientists how to effectively plan for, acquire, utilize and report on time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and educational activities. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, gave 28 new investigators training in the mechanics of leading expeditionary ocean research while coming to understand how oceanographic research infrastructure is scheduled, maintained and upgraded through UNOLS. The participants were encouraged to test compelling research ideas, work collaboratively, use shipboard equipment, and acquire samples critical for developing future oceanographic field programs. They also developed an at sea blog to practice the transfer of science information to the public.
Many members of the UNOLS community contributed to the training program. This program was continued in 2012-2015, and future cruises are being planned.
To learn about the experiences of participants from 2011 refer to: