Expeditions by Topic

NOAA Ocean Exploration supports research expeditions to explore previously unvisited areas of the ocean. We provide partnership coordination, funding, staff, tools, and expertise needed to develop mission plans that deliver rigorous, systematic observations and documentation of biological, chemical, physical, geological, and archaeological aspects of the ocean. Follow NOAA Ocean Exploration-supported expeditions, including those on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, while they are underway or trace the activities and discoveries of past expeditions by clicking on the expedition-specific links below. For each expedition, you'll find information ranging from expedition plans and feature stories to educational materials and expedition daily updates, videos, and images.

Expeditions that took place prior to 2010 are archived here.

In addition to browsing expeditions by topic below, you can also browse expeditions by location or by year.

Access data collected during past expeditions via the NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Atlas.


Browse Expeditions by Topic

From coral ecosystems to marine archaeology and seafloor mapping, find ocean explorations that pique your interest by selecting from the topics below.