Virtual Field Trips

Delaware Sea Grant has championed digital tools and virtual field trips for years. Below are some immersive multimedia experiences you can use to explore marine science in places that may be closed to the public or somewhere you’ll visit yourself someday. The tours use virtual reality (VR) to provide users with an engaging experience as they explore various laboratories and unique sites through 360-degree images and discover embedded videos or other additional information. The tours can be viewed in a web browser, on a smartphone, or with a VR headset, such as an Oculus Rift or a Google Cardboard.


New Bedford Whaling Museum

Peek inside the New Bedford Whaling Museum on this virtual tour! The Museum shares the story of human interaction with whales in the world’s oceans, the science of whales today, and the history and culture of SouthCoast Massachusetts. This virtual tour is a result of a partnership between Delaware Sea Grant and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

On board the JOIDES Resolution drilling vessel

This 360-degree virtual reality experience takes viewers on board the JOIDES Resolution, a research vessel that drills into the seafloor to collect core samples that are later studied to learn about climate change, geology and the history of the Earth. This experience was part of the award-winning Project VIDEO.

Sylvan Lab at Texas A & M University

Dr. Jason Sylvan studies the microbial ecology of the ocean. He investigates the enzymes microbes use for digestion and the rates at which they are able to do so in different environments, from the water column to hydrothermal vents on the seafloor. This tour is another in the Project VIDEO collaboration with C-DEBI.

Girguis Lab at Harvard University

Welcome to Dr. Peter Girguis' laboratory at Harvard University. Dr. Girgius is a Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, and studies the crossroads of microbial ecology, physiology, and biogeochemistry. This is one of several virtual tours focused on deep sea microbiology, funded by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI).

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