Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico 2014


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Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

 

How Exploration Can Help Improve Maps

How Exploration Can Help Improve Maps

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey has posted a blog story about how they collaborate with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research to improve nautical charts, using the data gathered by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer on her exploration missions, including the Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition.

2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition: Leg 3 Mission Summary

2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition: Leg 3 Mission Summary

Okeanos Explorer cruise leg 3 – the final voyage in the series of three ocean exploration cruises as part of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition – conducted 16 highly successful telepresence-enabled remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives in two different areas of the Gulf. 

Highlight Images

Highlight Images

The selection of images on this page highlights some of the observations and discoveries made during the Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition. 

April 30 Log: Dumbos and Bobtails and Squids – Oh My!

April 30 Log: Dumbos and Bobtails and Squids – Oh My!

Teaching a deep-sea biology graduate course has made me interested in everything about the deep sea; however, my research focuses on the diversity of deep-sea nekton—the large, active, swimming animals. In particular, I specialize in cephalopods, the squids, octopods, and their relatives.

April 29 Log: Collecting Data Without Getting Wet

April 29 Log: Collecting Data Without Getting Wet

Monday, April 28 was the first of the shallow dives on Lophelia pertusa reef sites named Many Mounds. Exploration of these reefs is one of the research priorities of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology and Harbor Branch.

April 28 Log: An Encounter with Dumbo!

April 28 Log: An Encounter with Dumbo!

The maiden dive of the new Ocean Exploration Command Center at the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch was a success.

April 26 Log: Welcome Aboard!

April 26 Log: Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the new Ocean Exploration Command Center at the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University!  

April 25 Log: Argo Away!

April 25 Log: Argo Away!

During Leg 3 of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, four Argo floats are being deployed in previously under-sampled areas of the Gulf of Mexico. 

April 24 Log: The Asphalt Ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico

April 24 Log: The Asphalt Ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico

Sidescan sonar showed a cluster of really big structures at a depth of 1,900 meters in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA explorers steered their remotely operated vehicle, Deep Discoverer, to the bottom thinking that they would be approaching the wreck of a sunken ship.

April 20 Log: A Long-awaited Return to the Shipwreck Called Monterrey B

April 20 Log: A Long-awaited Return to the Shipwreck Called Monterrey B

After a three-day delay due to the effects of stormy weather over the Gulf of Mexico, the waves calmed and the water cleared, providing excellent conditions for the long-anticipated return dive to the shipwreck currently known as Monterrey B.

April 19 Log: Of Sextants and Satellites

April 19 Log: Of Sextants and Satellites

Wednesday's dive was especially poignant for me. By sheer scheduling happenstance, I was piloting D2 during the part of the shipwreck survey when we discovered a quadrant and a chronometer partially exposed in the sand. 

April 18 Log: If You Sink It, They Will Come

April 18 Log: If You Sink It, They Will Come

We spent a wonderful day ashore at the Texas A&M Galveston Exploration Command Center, watching hi-def video sent by remotely operated vehicle operators who did amazing work while bouncing around in less-than-perfect conditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer over Monterrey Shipwrecks A and C. 

April 18 Log: Meet the On-ship Expedition Team

April 18 Log: Meet the On-ship Expedition Team

Naming every expedition participant in a telepresence-enabled mission is next to impossible! Many from dozens of institutions across the country have provided input into the expedition plan and expect to participate.

April 17 Log: Deep-sea Crustaceans

April 17 Log: Deep-sea Crustaceans

Many people assume that deep-sea crustaceans (crabs, shrimps and lobsters) of the Gulf of Mexico are mostly unknown, and that any study will uncover species unknown to scientists. But such is not the case.

April 15: Form Follows Function...Or Does It?

April 15 Log: Form Follows Function...Or Does It?

A talented engineer is an artist who paints with materials on the palette of the world.

April 12 Log: BOEM Site Selection Success!

April 12 Log: BOEM Site Selection Success!

It’s a wonderful feeling when the research we do in the office is verified out in the field. I’m a geologist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in New Orleans, and one of my duties is to find spots on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico which may be naturally seeping oil and gas.

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