In April 2001, the NOAA Ocean Exploration Program was established in response to the recommendations and challenges set forth in the Report of the President’s Panel for Ocean Exploration and in recognition of the value such a program could provide to NOAA and the nation. Since that time, the program has grown and evolved. Our commitment to explore our ocean and make ocean exploration more accessible, however, has never waivered.
Today, we operate with the mission to explore the ocean for national benefit, and we remain the only U.S. federal program dedicated to exploring the deep ocean. Working with partners, we continue to fill gaps in the basic understanding of U.S. deep waters and the seafloor and deliver the ocean information needed to strengthen the economy, health, and security of the United States.
Using the latest tools and technology, our office explores unknown or poorly known areas of our deep ocean, making discoveries of scientific, economic, and cultural value.
Through live video and data streams, online coverage, training opportunities, and events, we allow scientists, resource managers, students, members of the general public, and others to actively experience ocean exploration, allowing broader scientific participation, cultivating the next generation of ocean explorers, and engaging the public in exploration activities.
To better understand our ocean, we make exploration data publicly available. This allows us, collectively, to more effectively maintain ocean health, sustainably manage our marine resources, accelerate our national economy, and build a better appreciation of the value and importance of the ocean in our everyday lives.
Throughout 2021, we’ll be sharing highlights from the past 20 years both here on the web and on social media and hope you will join us in celebrating our history.
Cheers to 20 years of NOAA Ocean Exploration — enhanced by the collaboration and support of the scientific community and the public alike. Here's to the next 20 years of discoveries!