NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: April 20 - July 10: Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

From April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners will conduct the three-cruise Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas 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 (MTMNM) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

The 69-day expedition is divided into three cruise ‘legs’ – one around-the-clock mapping cruise and two combined remotely operated vehicle (ROV)/mapping legs. Live video will be streamed throughout; only the ROV/mapping legs include dives. The tentative schedule for the full expedition is:

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operating on Fiji time (GMT +12) during the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition. Daily daytime remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives are planned, with ROV deployment at approximately 0830 and ROV recovery at approximately 1630 Fiji time most days.

 


 

Troubleshooting the Audio & Video Feeds | What Are You Seeing? | Who Are You Listening To?

 

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To increase the resolution of the video, once the video is playing, click on the settings "gear" at the bottom right corner of the screen and select the "720p HD" option.

 


 

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Troubleshooting the Audio & Video Feeds

Note regarding audio: Audio is only available during dives, when the ROVs are in the water. Live video will stream off the ship with audio from the ROV pilots and audio from the ship-to-shore science conversation. To hear more or less of one of these conversations, adjust the audio settings on your computer to shift the balance right or left, for more science and less pilots or vice versa. On a PC, you can do this through the "Speaker/Headphones" properties, which can be accessed by clicking on the speaker icon (next to the the clock) and then clicking on the "Levels" tab or by going to your Control Panel, selecting "Hardware and Sound," and selecting "Sound." On a Mac, select System Preferences, Sound, and Output.

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What Are You Seeing?

When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, this page will broadcast streams from the ship. What is being shown on the different video streams may change depending on the exploration and operations at hand; check the table below for information about the current display and/or the status updates above for information about operations.

Note that occassionally on the feeds, you will see two red dots – these laser points are 10 centimeters (almost four inches) apart and are used by scientists to determine the sizes of things that they are seeing.



View from the Starboard ROBO Camera. View from the Port ROBO Camera. Camera view from the NOAA ROV. Camera view from the Seirios Camera Sled.

Starboard ROBO Camera.

Port ROBO Camera.

Camera view from the Deep Discoverer ROV.

Camera view from the Seirios Camera Sled.

             
View from the Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen. View from the Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen. View from the Control Room Camera. View from the Dry Lab Camera.

Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen.

Quad view from Okeanos Explorer.

Control Room Camera.

Dry Lab Camera.

             

 

Use of the live streams is an important component of the Okeanos Explorer’s mission. Depending on the exploration and operations at hand, content and availability of the video feeds will change. Tune in often to catch all the action aboard America's Ship for Ocean Exploration! All video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

All views and opinions expressed in this video feed are those of the speaker and are not attributable to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or other federal agency.

 

 

Related Links

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Exploring LIVE with the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (pdf, 204 kb)

2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

Mapping in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi

All Okeanos Explorer Expeditions

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