The deployment of the free-drifting instruments by a merchant vessel is the first collaboration under a new effort—the Science Research on Commercial Ships (Science RoCS) initiative—between research institutions and industry to monitor the vast and open ocean. The initiative could help to meet a long-standing need for more scientific observations and monitoring of the ocean. With more than 80% of the ocean unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Science RoCs aims to fill in some gaps in ocean monitoring. Science RoCS “can keep us honest about how the ocean is really working,” she said. “This is exactly where Science RoCS can help,” she said.