Science & Research
The National Park Service Submerged Resources Center and our partner institution Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial are bringing a program to WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument that will involve our wounded service members in the scientific study, interpretation, and protection of one of our nation’s most important memorials to military service and sacrifice - USS Arizona. The program will augment NPS underwater archaeologists with disabled veterans trained as scientific scuba divers to assist the park service with its ongoing management responsibilities for this American icon.
Research Dives at the USS Arizona - August 2016
Follow along with Jessica Keller, a 29-year-old archeologist from the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center, as she helps conduct research on the structure of the USS Arizona.
August 10, 2016 - First Dive at the USS Arizona
August 12, 2016 - Locating Access Points into the USS Arizona
August 18, 2016 - Underwater at the USS Arizona
Find out how you can watch and even be a part of our upcoming live dives. Visitors can watch the dive take place live via our theater, and ask our National Park Service dive team real-time questions. Watch as NPS divers talk about different areas of the ship and show you how the USS Arizona has become a haven for marine life.
You can also check out our YouTube page for video of past live dives and other underwater exploration.
Research at the USS Arizona
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument is a hub for science and research relating to underwater archaeology, coral ecology, artifact preservation, and advanced imaging. Partnering with various government agencies, educational institutions, and private entities, numerous projects are undertaken every year to advance our understanding of history, shipwreck dynamics, coral recruitment, and more.
The Inventory and Monitoring Program is a major component of the National Park Service’s strategy to improve park management through greater reliance on scientific information. The Pacific Island Network is one of 32 National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring networks of national parks linked by geography and shared natural resource characteristics.
In the image on the left, an NPS diver sets up a tripod to reoccupy high resolution GPS locations on USS Arizona as part of a long-term monitoring program.
Last updated: March 27, 2018