Frequently Asked Questions



Q. May I have permission to use images, videos, text, or other site information? Are your images copyrighted?

A. Unless otherwise noted (copyrighted material for example), information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed freely. If you elect to use materials from this web offering, please cite NOAA as the source, and include the appropriate URL of the page(s) from which the materials were taken. If you reproduce text, please cite the original contributing author and their affiliation. However, selected copyrighted images have been contributed to the site. These copyrights are printed on the image or mentioned in image captions. If you would like to reproduce these images, you must contact the contributing source for approval.

Q. I really need high-resolution images. Can you provide them?

A. In instances where high-resolution images are available, they can be downloaded from their associated large-image pages. The high-resolution version posted will be the largest version that we have available. If a high-resolution image is not included on the large-image page, most likely we do not have a high-resolution version of the image.

Q. During technical dives to depths of say 350 feet, is there a concern for pressure imposed upon the body? In other words, would it be possible for someone to be crushed, due to increased pressure at deeper depths?

A. There are physiological effects on the body when diving but they can usually be dealt with through proper gas mixtures. Since the human body is mostly water there is not much danger of the pressure actually crushing a body at 350 feet. The offshore oil industry and military have divers who work at even greater depths with an excellent safety record. Eventually, however, the ocean pressures become so great that it is not possible to expose a human body. For these cases there are submersibles, hard-shell diving suits, and robots available.

Q. I have a question for a scientist on one of your past expeditions or projects. Can you help me contact that scientist?

A. Out of respect for the privacy for the many contributors to NOAA Ocean Explorer, our policy is to neither to provide, nor forward messages to, personal email addresses. We suggest you contact the scientist via their organization's website.

Q.How do I apply to work for NOAA or to work for, or volunteer for, an expedition?

A. To learn more about working for NOAA or to access NOAA job vacancies, visit the NOAA Careers page.

Expeditions require multidisciplinary teams of scientists and explorers who are highly experienced in their areas of discipline. As a result, opportunities to volunteer project typically do not exist. However, we do encourage you to pursue your interests in ocean science and exploration, either through education or work opportunities. For work opportunities, you can check the NOAA website listed above or contact other ocean-related organizations who partner with NOAA and are identified in our website offerings for each expedition.

Q. I'm interested in a career related to ocean science or exploration. What are the opportunities?

A. Check out the "OceanAge" section of this site, under "Education," to learn more about some of the careers available within the ocean sciences. Here, you can watch and read interviews with ocean scientists such as a biologist, ecologist, and taxonomist.

Q. I've heard that 95 percent of the ocean is unexplored. It that true and can you cite a source?

A. That is the estimate in a number of citations. One citation is the executive summary of the (Oct 2000) Report of the President's Panel on Ocean Exploration, found at:

Q. I am a teacher. How do I apply to be a "Teacher at Sea" during one of your ocean expeditions?

A. Most of the educators on board our expeditions have been working closely for some time with the scientists on the expedition. Many of them are collaborating on education and research-based projects and the opportunity to go to sea on an ocean exploration mission broadens the experience of the educators. This enables the scientists and the educators to continue to work more effectively on their joint collaborations.

NOAA (separately from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research) has a NOAA Teacher at Sea Program that accepts applications from teachers nationwide to participate in NOAA research-based cruises. For more information, visit the Teacher at Sea Program website.

Q. Will exchange links with my website?

A. You certainly may link to our website; however, any external links we provide on our website are limited to those with whom we collaborate on ocean expeditions.