The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's 2013 field season is underway. Follow the adventures of our ocean explorers on the offerings below.
2013 Summary Explorations
(May-June) From May 13 – June 6, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be conducting mapping operations and testing a new remotely operated vehicle off the East Coast of the United States. Follow the action LIVE.
(March-April) Between March 18 and April 5, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct mapping operations within the Western North Atlantic Ocean as part of the annual ship shakedown.
2012 Signature Explorations
(March - April) From March to April 2012, a team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore will conduct exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
2012 Summary Explorations
(November) Between November 2 and November 20, 2012, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be operating in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary.
(February-August) Between February and August 2012, a team of NOAA and external partners will conduct a mapping ‘blitz’ focused on deepwater canyons off the northeastern seaboard.
2011 Signature Explorations
(August) Join the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as it travels to the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, where a team of international scientists both at-sea and on shore will conduct interdisciplinary investigations of the Mid-Cayman Rise.
(July) The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer embarks on a unique expedition to one of the most fascinating areas of the world’s oceans, to explore the water column and unexplored benthic environments in the Galápagos region.
2011 Summary Explorations
(August – September) Very few deep water multibeam sonars are capable of providing water column backscatter data. Learn why the primary purpose of this expedition is to study the feasibility of using this capability to map gasses in the water column.
(March) EX1101 provided an opportunity to get the ship underway and ensure that all of its systems and equipment were fully operational prior to integration of the ROV on board.
2010 Signature Explorations
(June – August) An international team led by scientists from the United States and Indonesia will participate in a collaborative effort to explore the depths of Indonesian waters. The expedition, Indonesia-U.S. Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region.
2010 Summary Explorations
(October) Systematic exploration aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is an evolving operational model referred to as a “sticks and boxes” approach. The variety of data being collected onboard the Okeanos during this cruise from Hawaii to California represents a step forward in the exploration that can be conducted with the at-sea time allotted to the ship.
2009 Summary Explorations
(June) Everything takes longer than expected
Refitting a ship to conduct deep ocean exploration, installation of complex, high-tech equipment and systems to enable remote access to data and information from sea, and build out and installation of deep water dual-body ROV’s with an associated state-of-the-art control room - all monumental efforts. See how we did it!
2009 Field Season Products
(May 5-26, 2009) Mendocino Ridge Insets Mapping Shakedown Cruise. (.pdf 15 MB)
(June 1-12, 2009) Water Column Exploration Gorda Ridge and East Blanco Fracture Zone. (.pdf 19.4 MB)
(June 17-27, 2009) Mendocino Ridge Mapping Field Trials II: Exploring Extent of Volcanic Fields. (.pdf 12.8 MB)
(July 2009) The Okeanos Explorer multibeam survey with ONMS produced products for the GFNMS expansion area, CBNMS expansion area, Cordell Bank NMS, Gulf of the Farallones NMS and the Monterey Bay NMS (USS Independence). (.pdf 2.8 MB)