NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Tropical Exploration 2015

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.

Jue 17

June 17: Mission Complete

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has successfully completed dry dock and is now on her way to Hawaii in preparation for the next three months’ worth of mapping and remotely operated vehicle operations.

Jun 8

June 8: What Inspires You about the Ocean?

In honor of World Oceans Day, we asked our team what inspires them about the ocean.

Jun 6

June 6: Sonars on the Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer collects baseline ocean mapping data using sonars, which stands for Sound Navigation and Ranging.

Jun 5

June 5: Bellingham Bound

Yesterday afternoon we departed San Francisco, California, to head towards the location of our dry dock repair period, Bellingham, Washington. In good weather, Bellingham is about a 4 day steam away. However, we have not been in good weather.

Jun 4

June 4: Surviving on a Ship from the Perspective of a Landlubber

Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word ‘surviving’. Surviving implies there is some hardship to overcome. There aren’t many hardships aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

Jun 2

June 2: The Other 95% - A Campaign to Map the World’s Oceans

We set a timeframe to map the ocean in ten years and calculated how many ships would be needed. Each vessel would map a specific geographic area. This method allows us to optimize time and technology.

May 30

May 30: Training to Be an Ocean Explorer

When I received the notification that I would be one of NOAA’s Explorers-In-Training aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, I was excited to join my first expedition out to sea.

May 26

May 26: Excerpts from an Intern

Kate von Krusenstiern here. It has been a full two weeks aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. This is voyage of firsts for me: first time at sea, first time participating in a research cruise, and first time working with multibeam sonar data.

May 25

May 25: What We're Discovering Along the Way

During this expedition we are transiting over the East Pacific Rise. This region is marked by chains of seamounts and small undersea mountains called knolls.

May 25

May 23: Sonars Secured

When planning for this expedition began several months ago, one of the first things on Expedition Coordinator Lindsay Mckenna’s To Do list was to start the permitting process.

May 22

May 22: Measuring Surface Salinity

The launch of two satellites has changed the way we measure and think about surface salinity in the ocean: NASA’s Aquarius instrument on the SAC-D platform and its European counterpart, ESA’s SMOS, are the first sensors capable of measuring salinity from space.

May 22

May 22: Heading to Dry Dock

The last few days have been a flurry of emails, meetings, phone calls, and schedule revisions between the ship and shore as the decision was made to divert NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer from her current course to head to the west coast of the United States for an emergency dry dock repair period.

May 20

May 20: #girlswithtoys

Last night someone shared an article with me about the #girlswithtoys trending on social media, which highlights female scientists and their “toys” or tools of the trade.

May 16

May 16: Welcome Aboard!

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer left the pier in Panama City, Panama this morning at 0900, and so begins our adventure in the Pacific.

May 15

May 15: Order of the Ditch

A few days ago, we crossed through the Panama Canal and the officers, crew, and science party aboard Okeanos Explorer received the Order of the Ditch.

May 13

May 13: Exploring the Unknown Ocean

For those who don’t know me or haven’t met me yet, I am the Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER).

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