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The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) Workshop on Telepresence-Enabled Exploration of the Caribbean Region was convened in November 2012 to plan for the 2013 field season with the idea that Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus and its Corps of Exploration would spend only one year working in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. However, the strong showing of interest in the area from the international group of marine scientists who submitted white papers to and participated in that workshop was so impressive the Trust and its Nautilus Advisory Board decided to schedule a second year in this area of the world before moving on to the Pacific Ocean, as originally planned.

This fifth Oceanography supplement chronicles the 2014 field season: four months of exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, as well as rapid growth in our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach programs and continued research on best practices of telepresence and archaeological oceanography.