The primary tools for accessing data collected during NOAA Ocean Exploration-supported expeditions, and archived at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), are the NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Atlas, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer data landing pages, and the NOAA Ocean Exploration Video Portal.
The NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Atlas and the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer data landing pages are described in more detail below.
The NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Atlas is a map-based portal that provides access to all data from NOAA Ocean Exploration-supported expeditions in the NOAA archives. It replaces the Ocean Exploration Digital Atlas, which will be retired in 2023.
NOAA Ocean Exploration expeditions are displayed graphically on the map and listed in the pane on the right side of the viewer. The map and list change as filters are applied in the Filter tab in the pane on the left side of the viewer and when a selection is made.
To make a selection and learn more about an expedition, click on its track or point on the map, and the expedition track will be highlighted and a pop-up window will appear. Click Zoom to on the pop-up window to zoom in to the expedition. Alternatively, click on the related Show on Map link in the right pane to zoom directly to the expedition (the expedition track will also be highlighted and the pop-up window will appear).
You can use the filters in the Filters tab to search the data atlas by collection year, expedition name/number, platform name, mission group (e.g., campaign), and open text (e.g., seamount, coral). The results of the search will be displayed on the map and in the right pane. Click on the Show on Map link in the right pane for the expedition of interest to zoom in to the expedition. Note: If searching on text, click the magnifying glass icon after entering the text.
A help dialog box will be displayed when entering the data atlas and can also be accessed by clicking on the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the viewer.
The details provided in the following sections are based on expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as of 2021. Details and data may vary for older expeditions and expeditions on other platforms. NCEI adds data to the data atlas after data are quality controlled and released and publications and related materials are published. Thus, not all data will be made available at the same time.
Expedition data and information in a pop-up window include:*
*Some old expeditions had more than one leg. These legs are treated as individual expeditions.
In the right pane of an ROV expedition display, click on the [number] ROV Dives link to expand the pane to show each of the dives by number. Click on a dive number to zoom to the dive on the map. ROV dive data layers include ROV dive location, ROV entry/exit points (in water, out water, on bottom, off bottom), dive track, and sample locations by type (biological, geological).
Click on a dive location (green diamond) or dive track when zoomed in (purple line) to access a pop-up window.
ROV dive data and information in a pop-up window include:
NCEI develops data landing pages for expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. These pages are accessible by clicking the tab with the year of the expedition of interest on the website homepage and then the link to the expedition itself. An expedition’s data landing page includes an interactive map* that highlights the track and dive locations (if applicable), an overview of operations, and links to bulk download, open, or otherwise access expedition data and information, such as:
Dive-specific pages are available via the data tabs with dive numbers. These pages include interactive* and static dive track maps; a dive overview, including area, date, maximum depth, bottom time, and purpose; and links to download, open, or otherwise access dive-specific data and information, such as:
*Interactive maps may not yet be available for older expeditions.
NCEI’s NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Management Team is committed to providing reliable, timely access to data produced aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The team is continuously working to expand the types of data available, including data from other NOAA Ocean Exploration-supported expeditions, and improve the ease of access. If you’re not able to find what you’re looking for, you can request assistance by submitting a data request or sending an email to email@example.com. Questions and suggestions are welcome.