Join us for the INDEX 2010: “Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region”. This unique expedition is to one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world’s ocean. Click image for larger view and image credit.
Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region
“An Indonesia and US Journey to discover and value the hidden world of our deep sea”
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
From June to August 2010, an international team led by scientists from the United States and Indonesia will collaborate to explore the depths of Indonesian waters. The expedition, Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region (INDEX 2010), will feature a number of firsts including: the maiden voyage of NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer; the first joint Indonesia-USA ocean exploration expedition; and the first joint international mission with two ships sending live video to scientists in Exploration Command Centers ashore.
We expect to make discoveries that will advance our understanding of undersea ecosystems, particularly those associated with submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. The geographical area of operation is located entirely within the ‘Coral Triangle Region’, the global heart of shallow-water marine biodiversity. This will also be the first time scientists use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to get even a glimpse of deepwater biodiversity in the waters of the Sangihe Talaud Region.
During the expedition U.S. and Indonesian scientists will work side-by-side on two ships, the Okeanos Explorer and the Indonesian research vessel Baruna Jaya IV, and at Exploration Command Centers ashore. The ship’s complementary capabilities will provide first look at the areas surrounding the Sangihe and Talaud island chains northeast of North Sulawesi, where there are sure to be many geological and biological discoveries.
Learn about the Okeanos Explorer with a video or audio podcast on the mission. (Quicktime, 1.9 Mb.)
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You can access the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer INDEX 2010 News feed here:
Updates & Logs
Click images or links below for detailed mission logs and updates.
August 6 Log
Adjusting to strong currents and treacherous terrain while still creating quality pictures
can be difficult, but a pilot’s real difficulty is finding time while flying to communicate with the rest of the ROV team and with scientists on shore.
August 4 Log
The Indonesian R/V Baruna Jaya IV
recently conducted an integrated hydrography, oceanography, geology and fisheries survey off the west side of Siau island
August 1 Log Operations vary every day on this ship.
At any given point in time, we may be conducting a CTD, a plankton tow, a deep or shallow water trawl, ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profile) measurements, or bathymetric surveys.
July 29 Log
Here is a brief look at what a typical day is like
on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
while the ship is underway and conducting operations.
July 27 Log
Every now and again, something remarkable happens
—a sunset, a great video from the ROV or discovering a plume in the multibeam—which reminds me why I keep coming back for more.
July 24 Log Video technology
plays a big role in the exploration we are engaged with here on the Okeanos Explorer.
July 11 Log
Today we had one of the most interesting dives so far during this expedition. The location was the volcanic feature termed “Target K”
in the southwestern part of our area of operations.
July 5 Log
The Indonesian Research Vessel Baruna Jaya IV
has been busy making final preparations to join the expedition and bring her complementary capabilities to bear on exploring the Sangihe Talaud region.
July 4 Log
Birthdays, milestones and holidays can be an opportunity for the whole crew to get together
and participate in a single activity as a group.
July 2 Log
At American Embassies around the world, one of the most important events of the year is the 4th of July party
June 27 Log
We are making a more detailed seafloor map of a 2,400 square mile area west of the Sangihe arc using a high-precision sonar device
on board the ship.
June 25 Log
Scientists and participants at the Jakarta ECC are utilizing telepresence
to explore the ocean for the first time!
Daily Updates Click here
to read short daily summaries of the ship's activities, written by the INDEX 2010 Expedition Coordinator.