The essays below will help you to understand the goals and objectives of the mission and provide additional context and information about the places being explored and the science, tools, and technologies being used.
From October 7 to November 7, 2019, scientists from NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will conduct a 29-day expedition aboard NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker along the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts.Read more
EXPRESS, short for EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems, is the latest evolution of the multi-year, multi-ship campaign concept. What started in 2017 as a simple one-day multibeam survey on NOAA Ship Rainier off central California quickly evolved into a major west coast field program engaging and exciting scientists and marine resource managers spanning numerous disciplines and organizations.Read more
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is an unoccupied underwater robot that is connected to a ship by a series of cables. These cables transmit command and control signals between the operator and the ROV, allowing remote navigation of the vehicle and exploration of areas of the ocean that would otherwise be difficult to access.Read more
Autonomous underwater vehicles are unmanned, untethered vehicles used to conduct underwater research in ocean environments that are a challenge to study because they are difficult to get to.Read more
By Joan Barminski and Cathie Dunkel
Offshore winds, which tend to be stronger and more consistent than on land, are an abundant energy resource that is located close to major coastal population centers.Read more