The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the surface of the planet and some 97 percent of the Earth’s water can be found in our oceans. Many of the serious global issues we face, such as warming waters, melting ice and rising sea levels, are directly related to seas and oceans across the world. There is also the increased threat of natural disasters such as typhoons and hurricanes, tsunamis, heatwaves and floods. Many of these issues are directly related to ocean processes and so it follows that in order to combat these issues, it is vital that we find a means of better monitoring, predicting and understanding ocean environments. The Ocean Observation Laboratory (OOL), based at the Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, was founded in 2014 by Professor SungHyun Nam, who leads a laboratory intent on developing our understanding of the oceans to generate scientific findings that will increasingly become a focal point of our lives. The team at the laboratory is currently composed of 15 members, including graduate students, who work together to improve ocean-observing techniques using state-of-the-art technology. The team collaborates closely with industrial and academic partners as well as national and international ocean observation networks to pool knowledge and speed up the process of improving our understanding of the oceans.