Exploring Atlantic Canyons & Seamounts





Mission Logs

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

Mission Summary

Mission Summary

During August, September, and October 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer systematically explored diverse habitats and geological settings of the U.S. Atlantic Submarine Canyons and New England Seamount Chain.

October 6 Log: Just Look at the World Around You, Right Here on the Ocean Floor!

October 6 Log: Just Look at the World Around You, Right Here on the Ocean Floor!

This log presents some of our web coordinator's favorite images that didn’t make it into daily updates or mission logs.

October 6 Log: Predation in the Deep Sea

October 6 Log: Predation in the Deep Sea

In this log, we'll be sharing video of five different examples of deep-sea predation encountered over the course of the Deepwater Backyard expedition. Being able to witness these kinds of predation events live offers scientists unique glimpses into the lives and behavoirs of critters of the deep.

October 5 Log: Top 5 Geology Moments of Leg 3

October 5 Log: Top 5 Geology Moments of Leg 3

Choosing my Top 5 Geology Moments was not easy. A good geology moment is striking and memorable, such as when we see a sharp color change or a contact between two rock units.

October 4 Log: Cerianthids, Zoanthids, and Anemones...Oh My!

October 4 Log: Cerianthids, Zoanthids, and Anemones...Oh My!

If you have been following along on the dives on this leg, you are getting very used to hearing the terms “polyp,” “anemone,” “tube anemone,” “coral,” and “zoanthid,” as we see all of these quite frequently.

October 3 Log: Mapping Onboard Okeanos Explorer - The Other 12 Hours of Operations

October 3 Log: Mapping Onboard Okeanos Explorer - The Other 12 Hours of Operations

What happens on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer when the weather is too poor to deploy the remotely operated vehicles? We map!

October 2 Log: Life as the Operations Officer

October 2 Log: Life as the Operations Officer

As the Operations Officer aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, my job is to coordinate all of the scientific mission objectives with the ship and the ship’s command.

October 1 Log: What is That? Jellyfish and Other Gelatinous Animals

October 1 Log: What is That? Jellyfish and Other Gelatinous Animals

For many of the viewers of the live-streaming video from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer’s remotely operated vehicle expeditions, the descent of ROV Deep Discoverer into the depths of the ocean just means that they have to wait a little longer to get to the discoveries at the bottom.

September 30 Log: A Day in the Life of a Scientist on the Okeanos Explorer

September 30 Log: A Day in the Life of a Scientist on the Okeanos Explorer

On every telepresence-enabled remotely operated vehicle (ROV) cruise on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, two research scientists have an opportunity to join the floating community of mariners, engineers, and data and video specialists that calls the ship home.

September 29 Log: The Marvel of Telepresence: Scientific Collaboration Across the Miles

September 29 Log: The Marvel of Telepresence: Scientific Collaboration Across the Miles

In our wired (and wireless) world, and with the magnificent technology aboard Okeanos Explorer, the experience of going to sea is vastly different from when I began as a graduate student.

September 28 Log: The Wild Life of Canyon and Seamount Fishes

September 28 Log: The Wild Life of Canyon and Seamount Fishes

When comparing the fish fauna between different submarine canyons, as well as between canyons and seamounts, there are obvious differences in species diversity and abundance. 

September 27 Log: Cyclocanna welshi

September 27 Log: Cyclocanna welshi

During Dive 2 of the second leg of Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts expedition, remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer encountered two jellyfish.

September 25 Log: Ground Control to Major Tom: Seeing the New England Seamounts via Telepresence

September 25 Log: Ground Control to Major Tom: Seeing the New England Seamounts via Telepresence

Today’s dive involved over 30 scientists from all over the U.S. – even as far away as the University of Hawaii – possibly the farthest a back seat driver could possibly be from the North Atlantic.

September 24 Log: Sub-bottom Profiling

September 24 Log: Sub-bottom Profiling

In addition to the multibeam mapping system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, there are a number of other mapping/geophysical instruments that are used to map geology below the seafloor surface and to image the water column.

September 22 Log: Let's Meet the Deep-sea Stars of the North Atlantic Canyons

September 22 Log: Let's Meet the Deep-sea Stars of the North Atlantic Canyons

The starfish you encounter on these dives are not exactly commonplace. Starting to learn about them first entails knowing which ones are which – not an easy task given how poorly known some of these species are.

September 21 Log: Advice for the Next Generation of Explorers

September 21 Log: Advice for the Next Generation of Explorers

Recently, the Okeanos Explorer team was asked what advice we would give to students or individuals who are starting their careers and are interested in getting into the ocean exploration field.

September 18 Log: For Want of a Pump

September 18 Log: For Want of a Pump

A research vessel is a very complex operation. Not only do you have all of the state-of-the-art electronics on the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and sonars, but you have the entire engineering plant for the ship, that is honestly our life support systems.  

September 16 Log: Star-Spangled Spectacular

September 16 Log: Star-Spangled Spectacular

From September 10-16, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and the NOAA Office of Exploration and Research participated in the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 2,100 people visited and toured the ship during this time. 

Leg 2: Highlight Images

Leg 2: Highlight Images

Highlight images from dives during Leg 2 of the expedition.

 

 

Be sure to check out logs from last year's Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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