Follow the adventures of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer via the web offerings below. You can also retrace the previous field seasons.
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(December 2016) The Okeanos team will conduct two at-sea "shakedown" cruises, to test all of the ship’s mission systems to ensure everything is performing properly and that the ship is fully ready for 2017 expeditions. The first cruise, from December 1 – 8, 2016, is focused primarily on testing remotely operated vehicle and telepresence systems. The second cruise, running from December 10 – 16, is dedicated to mapping and continued telepresence shakedown.
(December 2016 - September 2017) From December 2016 through September 2017, a team of NOAA and external partners will conduct the third year of the ‘Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE)’ field effort, deploying NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to investigate and document the diversity and distribution of deepwater environments in U.S. central Pacific waters, the high seas, and waters of several Pacific Island countries and territories.
(August - September) From August 25 to September 11, 2016, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will transit from Kwajalein Atoll to the operational working grounds near Wake Island, followed by final transit to Honolulu, Hawaii. Mapping efforts will focus on using the ship's deepwater sonar systems to explore several unnamed, previously unexplored seamounts near Wake Island.
(July - August) From July 27 through August 19, 2016, NOAA and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruise on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information in and around the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
(April - July) From April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners will conduct a three-cruise expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known areas in and around the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
(March - April) From March 23 to April 13, 2016, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct 24-hour mapping operations to explore the largely unknown region surrounding the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). This is the first of three cruises in the 2016 field season focused on deepwater exploration of the PRIMNM.
(February - March) From February 25 to March 18, scientists will continue 2015 Hohonu Moana expedition efforts to explore deep-water habitats in and around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The expedition will include work on seamounts in the Mid-Pacific Mountains while en route to port in Kwajalein.
(February) From February 12 to February 17, the team will shakedown newly installed systems, test data work flow and integration, and prepare for the rest of the field season. A primary objective of this cruise is to test the remotely operated vehicle (ROVs) in a controlled environment and train new ROV engineers.
(January - September) A team of NOAA and external partners will investigate and document deep-water environments in and around the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, and Wake Atoll section of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
(July - September) From July 10 to September 30, a team of NOAA and external partners both at-sea and on shore will conduct mapping and remotely operated vehicle operations in the deep waters of the Hawaiian Archipelago, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Johnston Atoll.
(May - June) From May 8 to June 12, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, exploring along the way. Okeanos Explorer will leave Puerto Rico to traverse the Western Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Eastern Pacific.
(February - April) From February through April 2015, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research will lead a three-leg expedition aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore unknown and poorly known deepwater regions around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
(2015 - 2017) In July 2015, a team of NOAA and partners initiated the ‘Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE),' a multi-year effort focused on deepwater areas of U.S. marine protected areas in the Pacific.
(February - September) From February through September 2015, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will embark on a journey to investigate and document the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands. A combination of scientists, technicians, and engineers – both on board the ship and on shore – will map and explore the geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical features of these vast areas.
(August - October) From August through October 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore the largely unknown deep-sea ecosystems of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Our at-sea and shore-based science team will collect baseline data in the Atlantic submarine canyons and along the New England Seamount Chain.
(February - May) From February 24 - March 15, 2014, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct an expedition from its home port of Davisville, Rhode Island, to Galveston, Texas, while conducting seafloor and water column mapping of top-priority exploration focus areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
(May) From May 7-May 22, 2014 the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct a sixteen day mapping expedition beginning in Tampa, Florida and ending at the ship’s home port of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Exploratory ocean mapping will occur at all times during the expedition as the Okeanos Explorer voyages around the Florida Keys and heads northward along the U.S. East Coast.
(July - August) From July to August 2013, 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 along the Northeast U.S. Canyons and at Mytilus Seamount, located within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.
(June) The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct seafloor and water column mapping operations in the Western North Atlantic Ocean over a portion of the New England Seamount Chain from June 11-29, 2013.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(October) Systematic exploration aboard the NOAA ShipOkeanos 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.
(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!
Revised December 28, 2016 by the NOAA Ocean Explorer Webmaster
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