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:
Leg 1 (April 20 – May 11): ROV/mapping cruise focused on the southern half of the CNMI and the MTMNM
Leg 2 (May 30 – June 11): Mapping exploration cruise focused on the northern part of the CNMI and the MTMNM
Leg 3 (June 17 – July 10): ROV/mapping cruise focused on the northern part of the CNMI and the MTMNM
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.
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.
If you continue to have difficulties, please contact us.
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.
Starboard ROBO Camera.
Port ROBO Camera.
Camera view from the Deep Discoverer ROV.
Camera view from the Seirios Camera Sled.
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.