CATALYST AUV Program
Through the CATALYST Program, the
Waitt Institute gathers world-renown scientific organizations to create synergistic collaborations, maximize scientific expertise, and merge institutional resources. The program represents a major milestone in the effort to integrate public and private forces in exploring and understanding our oceans.
The CATALYST Program marks an unprecedented collaboration between the Waitt Institute and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The Waitt Institute commissioned the construction of two 6,000-meter REMUS AUVs, originally developed and engineered by WHOI, and has built an AUV operations team based at Woods Hole that possesses the expertise to conduct CATALYST AUV operations anywhere in the world.
For our first two expeditions, the Waitt Institute partnered with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Harbor Branch brought its ocean exploration expertise and resources to the CATALYST Program in the form of expedition logistics and science plan development, as well as through the Waitt Institute’s charter of HBOI’s Research Vessel Seward Johnson making it the first CATALYST AUV launch vessel.
In additional to current institutional partners, the Waitt Institute is seeking out a diverse assortment of organizations to contribute additional resources, funding and expertise to future CATALYST expeditions, including university, private, non-profit, and governmental organizations.