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 (TBD – 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
Click here for images and videos from the first leg of the Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition.
Exploring LIVE with the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (pdf, 204 kb)