Expeditions by Year

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) supports research expeditions to explore previously unvisited areas of the ocean. OER provides 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 OER-supported expeditions, including those on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, while they are underway or trace the activities and discoveries of past expeditions by clinking on the expedition-specific links below. For each expedition, you'll find information ranging from mission plans and background essays, to educational materials and mission logs, expedition daily updates, videos, and images.

Expeditions that took place prior to 2010 are archived here.

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2018

Mapping Deepwater Areas in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Bight

November - December 2018: From November 28 to December 16, 2018, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and its partners will conduct telepresence-enabled mapping and remotely operated vehicle dives in support of federal agency and scientific community needs in the deep waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Océano Profundo 2018: Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

October - November 2018: From October 30 - November 20, NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mapping Deepwater Areas off the Southeast U.S. in Support of the Extended Continental Shelf Project

October 2018: From October 1 to October 24, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 24-day exploratory mapping expedition to collect critical data for the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project. These operations will target three adjacent priority areas east of the Blake Plateau, northeast of the Bahamas.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2019 Expeditions Overview

October 2018 - September 2019: From October 2018 to September 2019, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted multiple expeditions for a combined 179 days-at-sea to map and explore poorly known deepwater areas across the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog)

August - September 2018: From August 25 - September 11, 2018, scientists characterized and systematically sampled across a range of pressures and temperatures at Lō`ihi Seamount in order to investigate whether this underwater volcano can serve as an analog of possible hydrothermal systems on the seafloor of Enceladus and other Ocean World systems.

Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats (DEEP SEARCH)

August - September 2018: From August 19 to September 2, 2018, NOAA and partners at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a research expedition on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-operated R/V Atlantis to collect critical baseline information about deepwater habitats offshore the U.S. Mid- and South Atlantic.

Mapping Deepwater Areas Southeast of Bermuda in Support of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation

July-August 2018: From July 12 to August 4, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 24-day exploratory mapping expedition to collect critical baseline information about an unknown and poorly understood deepwater priority area southeast of Bermuda identified by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group at the 4th Annual Galway Statement Implementation Committee Meeting in April 2017.

Kiska: Alaska's Underwater Battlefield

July 2018: The Aleutian campaign was the sole World War II campaign fought on North American soil, and Kiska Island, along with Attu Island to the west, are the only United States territories occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years. While the terrestrial battlefield is well documented, the maritime component remains largely unexplored. This team built on existing archaeological and historical data to explore one of the least studied, yet most significant sites of World War II.

Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration: ASPIRE

2018 - 2020: The Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration, or ASPIRE, is a collaborative ocean exploration field program focused on the North Atlantic Ocean.

Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin

May - July 2018: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas of the Southeastern United States.

Aviators Down

June - September 2018: Between June 27 and September 26, 2018, a team surveyed five areas of Lake Huron within and adjacent to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Through geospatial analysis of historical records, these areas were determined to be likely sites for lost World War II training aircraft. None of the five areas of Lake Huron, located off Alcona and Iosco Counties in Michigan, had been previously surveyed.

E/V Nautilus: 2018 Field Season

June - November 2018: From June to November, scientists will use the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus to document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, and for the first time, west to the Hawaiian Islands. This marks the ship’s fourth year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and will be one of its most extensive seasons to date.

DeepCCZ

May - June 2018: The DeepCCZ Project used the best-available technology in deep-sea ecological, taxonomic, and connectivity studies to study deep-sea biodiversity in the western Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the central Pacific Ocean.

Voyage to the White Shark Café

April - May 2018: A multidisciplinary team aboard the Research Vessel Falkor journeyed to an open patch in the Pacific Ocean known as the “White Shark Café” to study one of the most iconic predators in the ocean: The white shark.

Gulf of Mexico 2018

April - May 2018: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Peleliu’s Forgotten World War II Battlefield

March - April 2018: At 0800 on September 15, 1944, the first waves of men in 73 amphibious tractors started for the beaches of Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands of the western Pacific. This project was the first of its kind in Peleliu to explore the landing beaches and fringing reef by conducting a comprehensive, systematic remote sensing search for the material remains from this forgotten battlefield.

Gulf of Mexico Technology Demonstration

March - April 2018: The Gulf of Mexico Technology Demonstration was the first operational cruise on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2018, during which we conducted our first emerging technology demonstration projects. We worked with three new technologies.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2018 Overview

October 2017 - September 2018: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer returned to the Atlantic Ocean and conducted a series of expeditions to continue exploration of the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic.

2017

Gulf of Mexico 2017

November - December 2017: A team of scientists and technicians, both at-sea and shore-based, conducted exploratory investigations into the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and associated marine communities in the Gulf of Mexico basin.

Canal Transit and Gulf of Mexico Mapping

November 2017: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted an exploratory mapping expedition from Panama City, Panama, to Key West, Florida.

Discovering Deep-Sea Corals of the Phoenix Islands

October - November 2017: The goal of this expedition was to provide the first glimpse of the deepwater communities within the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on Earth, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. This work was conducted during a 30-day cruise on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor.

Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts

September 2017: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas around the Musicians Seamounts and the Hawaiian Islands.

DEEP SEARCH: DEEP Sea Exploration to Advance Research on Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats

September 2017: Scientists used a combination of mapping with water column profiling and sampling to improve knowledge of the geology along the U.S. continental margin, the types of communities found on the seafloor, and the mid-water communities that interact with those seafloor communities.

Musicians Seamounts Telepresence Mapping

August 2017: Operations during the expedition included focused mapping and strategic mapping transits by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer within the waters of Hawaii and in international waters at the Musician Seamounts chain.

Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S.

August 2017: NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science led an expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map, survey, and sample deep-sea coral ecosystems in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Bight.

2017 Laulima O Ka Moana: Exploring Deep Monument Waters Around Johnston Atoll

July - August 2017: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to continue collecting critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities

June 2017: A team of scientists aboard NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow spent 15 days at sea exploring canyon and slope habitats off the coast of the Northeast U.S. and Canada and sites in the Gulf of Maine with the Canadian remotely operated vehicle, ROPOS.

Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs and Their Regional Connectivity

May - June 2017: The R/V F.G. Walton Smith circumnavigated Cuba, conducting daily remotely operated vehicle dives to focus on the mesophotic reef in order to discover and characterize the extent of mesophotic reefs in Cuba and to compare the health and connectivity (physical, genetic, and ecological) among the mesophotic and shallow coral reef systems in Cuba and the United States.

Exploring Methane Seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin: IMMeRSS

May 2017: Scientists on the IMMeRSS (Interagency Mission for Methane Research at Seafloor Seeps) expedition focused on the geology, ecology, chemistry, and physics of methane seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic margin between Baltimore Canyon and Hatteras Canyon at water depths of 400-1,600 meters.

Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll

May 2017: Scientists explored sunken aircraft associated with the Battle of Midway, adding an important maritime heritage component to our understanding of the broader history of World War II in the Pacific. This year is the 75th anniversary of the battle, and this project aims to raise awareness and honor the legacy of the brave men who helped to turn the tide in the Pacific during the course of the Battle of Midway.

E/V Nautilus: 2017 Field Season

May - November 2017: The Ocean Exploration Trust conducted the third year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Exploration Vessel Nautilus, as scientists documented and surveyed unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, and to Baja California, Mexico.

Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin

April - May 2017: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about deepwater areas as it transited across the northern portion of the Cook Islands, with focused work in the vicinity of both the Jarvis Island and Kingman/Palmyra units of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, prior to returning to Honolulu.

Pushing the Boundaries: Technology-driven Exploration of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

April - July 2017: Following the expansion of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2014, one of the prime research goals has been surveying newly included sanctuary areas for undiscovered shipwrecks. Over the course of a four-part expedition throughout the spring and summer of 2017, the sanctuary hosted a multifaceted, ongoing research project to apply new tools toward searching for these wrecks.

Telepresence Mapping in American Samoa and the Cook Islands

April 2017: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted mapping operations 24 hours per day using the ship's state-of-the-art suite of sonars focused on mapping the seafloor, the water column, and the sub-seafloor. This is the second of two Okeanos cruises focused on exploring the waters of American Samoa and Samoa, and is the first of two cruises focused on exploring the waters of the Cook Islands.

Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas

March 2017: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Howland and Baker Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

2017 American Samoa Expedition: Suesuega o le Moana o Amerika Samoa

February - April 2017: NOAA and partners conducted two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa, with an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, and National Park of American Samoa.

CAPSTONE Telepresence Mapping in Pacific Marine Protected Areas

January - February 2017: This seafloor mapping expedition commenced on January 20, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and concluded on February 11 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2017 Overview

December 2016 - September 2017: A team of NOAA and external partners conducted the third year of the ‘Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE)’ field effort, deploying NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to investigate and document the diversity and distribution of deepwater environments in U.S. central Pacific waters, the high seas, and waters of several Pacific Island countries and territories.

2016

Shakedown, Calibration, and Testing in the Main Hawaiian Islands

December 2016: The Okeanos team conducted two at-sea "shakedown" cruises, to test all of the ship’s mission systems to ensure everything is performing properly and that the ship is fully ready for 2017 expeditions. The first cruise was focused primarily on testing remotely operated vehicle and telepresence systems. The second cruise was dedicated to mapping and continued telepresence shakedown.

Searching for Life in the Mariana Back-arc

November - December 2016: A team led by scientists from the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor traveled to the Mariana Back-arc, to explore newly discovered hydrothermal vents and the life they support.

Telepresence Seafloor Mapping in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument - Wake Island Unit

August - September 2016: Mapping efforts focused on using NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer deepwater sonar systems to explore several unnamed, previously unexplored seamounts near Wake Island during a transit from Kwajalein Atoll to the operational working grounds near Wake Island, followed by final transit to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Exploring Carolina Canyons

August - September 2016: A team of scientists and engineers aboard NOAA Ship Pisces explored three deepwater canyons off the coast of North Carolina. Specifically, the team will target Keller, Pamlico, and Hatteras canyons.

Battle of the Atlantic: Archaeology of an Underwater World War II Battlefield

August - September 2016: The primary focus of this mission was to completely characterize the remains of a World War II Naval Battlefield. For years, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary has been conducting a series of comprehensive surveys of WWII shipwrecks off North Carolina associated with the Battle of the Atlantic. In 2014, following years of research and searching, the remains of the KS-520 battle were discovered. Scientists revisited the region for further study.

Deepwater Wonders of Wake: Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

July - August 2016: NOAA and partners will conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruise on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information in and around the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Hidden Ocean 2016: Chukchi Borderlands

July - August 2016: A team of scientists, media personnel, and educators sailed to the Arctic's Chukchi Borderlands onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. They investigated microbial communities in sea ice, water, and seafloor environments; water column (planktonic) organisms; invertebrate and fish seafloor (benthic) communities; as well as conducted observations of marine mammals and seabirds.

E/V Nautilus: 2016 Field Season

May - September 2016: The Ocean Exploration Trust embarked on a four-month expedition aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. In its second year of exploring the eastern Pacific Ocean, Nautilus visited sites from British Columbia and along the west coast of North America down to southern California, including regions within several national marine sanctuaries.

2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

April - July 2016: NOAA and partners conducted a three-cruise expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known areas in and around the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Citizen Exploration: Return to the SS Tahoe

June 2016: A team used OpenROV submersibles to explore the SS Tahoe shipwreck. They documented the expedition and engaged with virtual citizen explorers online and demonstrated best practices that can be adopted by the citizen exploration community at large. While not a NOAA-funded expedition, the project served as an opportunity for NOAA to help support a new citizen exploration model.

Mapping in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

March - April 2016: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted 24-hour mapping operations to explore the largely unknown region surrounding the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). This was the first of three cruises in the 2016 field season focused on deepwater exploration of the PRIMNM.

Deepwater Exploration of Glacier Bay National Park

March - April 2016: A University of Maine-led team conducted the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park using both diver-based surveys and a remotely operated vehicle.

2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi

February - March 2016: Scientists continued 2015 Hohonu Moana expedition efforts to explore deep-water habitats in and around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The expedition included work on seamounts in the Mid-Pacific Mountains while en route to port in Kwajalein.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Mission System Shakedown 2016

February 2016: The team conducted a shakedown of newly installed systems, tested data work flow and integration, and prepared for the rest of the field season. A primary objective of this cruise was to test the remotely operated vehicle (ROVs) in a controlled environment and train new ROV engineers.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2016 Field Season Overview

February - September 2016: A team of NOAA and external partners investigated and documented deep-water environments in and around the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, and Wake Atoll section of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

2015

Hohonu Moana: Exploring the Deep Waters Off Hawai’i

July -September 2015: A team of NOAA and external partners both at-sea and on shore conducted mapping and remotely operated vehicle operations in the deep waters of the Hawaiian Archipelago, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Johnston Atoll.

Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys

August -September 2015: Scientists conducted the final round of fieldwork as part of the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys expedition.

Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic

August 2015: This expedition brought the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Maritime Heritage Program to the remote and challenging Alaska region for the first time in the more than four decades since the creation of the National Marine Sanctuary Program.

Ambient Sound at Full Ocean Depth: Eavesdropping on the Challenger Deep

July 2015: NOAA and partner scientists deployed a hydrophone to a depth of 10,971 meters (6.71 miles) within the Challenger Deep trough in the Mariana Trench near Micronesia. Here are some of their results.

Bioluminescence and Vision on the Deep Seafloor 2015

July 2015: Scientists used combined expertise in bioluminescence, taxonomy, visual ecology, imaging and molecular biology, and the unique collecting capabilities and camera systems of the Global Explorer to continue studies of the deep-sea benthic environment in the Gulf of Mexico.

Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE)

July 2015 - September 2017: In July 2015, a team of NOAA and partners initiated the ‘Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE),' a multi-year effort focused on deepwater areas of U.S. marine protected areas in the Pacific.

Tropical Exploration 2015

May - June 2015: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer journeyed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, exploring along the way. Okeanos Explorer will leave Puerto Rico to traverse the Western Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Eastern Pacific.

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs

February - April 2015: The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research led a three-leg expedition aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore unknown and poorly known deepwater regions around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mapping the Uncharted Diversity of Arctic Marine Microbes

January 2015 - August 2016: Scientists used next-generation DNA sequencing technologies and cutting-edge bioinformatics approaches to enable the discovery and characterization of the largely unknown molecular diversity of microbes associated with Arctic sea ice and seafloor habitats.

Uncovering a Pirate City: 3D Mapping for Marine Applications

Spring 2015: Leading the state-of-the-art development of marine robotic 3D mapping for underwater archaeology, our University of Michigan-based team returned from an archaeological field expedition to the underwater city of Port Royal, Jamaica.

E/V Nautilus: 2015 Field Season

April - September 2015: E/V Nautilus explored sites from the Gulf of Mexico to British Columbia. The season marked the transition of the vessel and operations to the west coast of the United States and the Pacific Ocean, concluding over two years of research in the Gulf and Caribbean regions.

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs: Leg 2

March - April 2015: This was the second of three exploration cruises of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in the Caribbean in the 2015 field season. The primary focus of this cruise esd high-resolution mapping of areas near Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Trench.

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs: Leg 1

February - March 2015: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a mapping expedition, beginning in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Exploration of the Muertos Trough and Puerto Rico Trench via Un-tethered Free Vehicles: 2015

2015: Over a two-year period, a team from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez systematically tested, improved, and enhanced relatively low-cost free vehicles and free vehicle-supported research methods in shallow to abyssal depths.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2015 Field Season Overview

February - September 2015: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer embarked on a journey to investigate and document the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands. A combination of scientists, technicians, and engineers – both on board the ship and on shore – mapped and explore the geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical features of these vast areas.

2014

Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman

November - December 2014: Scientists traveled to the Submarine Ring of Fire to study iron-oxidizing bacteria at hydrothermal vents and how carbon dioxide from submarine volcanoes impacts nearby biological communities.

Return to Mendocino Ridge: U.S Extended Continental Shelf Project, Exploratory Mapping Expedition

September - October 2014: NOAA and University of New Hampshire scientists aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-operated Research Vessel Atlantis conducted a mapping expedition to the Mendocino Ridge off the coast of northern California.

Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014

September 2014: Scientists on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus visited several unexplored seamounts that punctuate the seafloor within the Caribbean Sea, uncovering information about geologic, biologic, and oceanographic processes.

Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014

August - October 2014: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer explored the largely unknown deep-sea ecosystems of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Our at-sea and shore-based science team collected baseline data in the Atlantic submarine canyons and along the New England Seamount Chain.

Search for the Lost French Fleet of 1565

July - August 2014: A team of maritime archaeologists from the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, the research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, embarked on a mission to discover the lost French Fleet of 1565.

Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys 2014

August 2014: This was the third year of a five-year study to investigate the role that the mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) may play in replenishing key fish species, such as grouper and snapper, and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.

E/V Nautilus: 2014 Field Season

June - October 2014: Exploration Vessel Nautilus embarked on a journey to document and research the regions of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

NOAA - Boeing Echo Ranger Pilot AUV Mission 2014

May 2014: NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center worked with Boeing under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to explore the potential applicability of the large autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger for a rockfish survey.

East Coast Mapping

May 2014: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 16-day mapping expedition beginning in Tampa, Florida, and ending at the ship’s homeport of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Exploratory ocean mapping occured at all times during the expedition as the Okeanos Explorer traveled around the Florida Keys and northward along the U.S. East Coast.

HADES: Kermadec Trench Expedition 2014

April - May 2014: Scientists on board the R/V Thompson, used the hybrid remotely operated vehicle, Nereus, to explore systematically for the first time the hadal Kermadec trench system and the neighboring abyssal plain in the Southwestern Pacific, north of New Zealand.

Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico 2014

February - May 2014: A team of scientists and technicians both at sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. This expedition focused on acquiring data on priority exploration areas identified by management and science communities.

2013

Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys

August 2013: The R/V F.G. Walton Smith and the M/V Spree combined efforts in the second year of a five-year study to investigate the role that the mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) may play in replenishing key fish species and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.

Deepwater Canyons 2013: Benthic Lander Recovery

August 2013: This was the final cruise in a four-year project to study submarine canyons along the continental slope of the Middle Atlantic coast. Submarine canyons are dominant features of the outer continental shelf and slope of the U.S. east coast from Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine.

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013

July - August 2013: A team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life along the Northeast U.S. Canyons and at Mytilus Seamount, located within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

Monterrey Wreck (Site 15577): Catalyzing Research on an Early 19th Century Wooden Shipwreck Discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

July 2013: The Ocean Exploration Trust's Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus returned to investigate an early 19th century wooden shipwreck first explored by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in April 2012.

New England Seamount Chain Exploration

June 2013: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted seafloor and water column mapping operations in the Western North Atlantic Ocean over a portion of the New England Seamount Chain.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 ROV Shakedown and Field Trials in the U.S. Atlantic Canyons

May - June 2013: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted mapping operations and testing of a new remotely operated vehicle off the East Coast of the United States.

Deepwater Canyons 2013: Pathways to the Abyss

April - May 2013: Scientists on the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown studied the biology of Norfolk Canyon, with some sampling in Baltimore Canyon and exploration of archaeological targets in and around the Norfolk Canyon area.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 Shakedown: Kicking the Tires

March - April 2013: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted mapping operations within the Western North Atlantic Ocean as part of the annual ship shakedown.

2012

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Canyons Expedition

November 2012: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer operated in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary.

Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: Northeast Lau Basin

September 2012: See the highlights, including daily logs, images, and video, from a series of expeditions to explore the submarine volcanoes of the Western Pacific.

Russian-U.S. Arctic Census 2012

August - September 2012: Learn how scientists conducted long-term research to better understand the causes and consequences of environmental change in the fragile Arctic environment.

Deepwater Canyons 2012: Pathways to the Abyss

August - October 2012: Scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster explored and characterized hard- and soft-bottom communities as well as shipwreck sites in canyons off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland.

Turkey and Cyprus Expedition 2012

July - August 2012: Learn what scientists uncovered while on board Exploration Vessel Nautilus to explore the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Turkey and Cyprus.

Exploring the Submerged New World 2012

July 2012: Scientists returned to two dive sites they visited in 2009, hoping to excavate late Pleistocene terrestrial sediments containing plants, animals, and perhaps artifacts from some of the first human beings to arrive in the New World.

Lophelia II 2012: Deepwater Platform Corals

July 2012: Scientists aboard the Research Vessel Brooks McCall set off on their fifth and final expedition to investigate the deep-water coral communities of the Gulf of Mexico.

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2012

April 2012: During a 10-day cruise on the Research Vessel Melville, scientists probed for strange new biological life forms, communities, and ecosystems dependent unknown conditions.

Gulf of Mexico 2012

March - April 2012: A team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012 Expeditions

February - August 2012: A team of NOAA and external partners conducted a mapping ‘blitz’ focused on deepwater canyons off the northeastern seaboard.

2011

Exploring the Hidden World of the Maritime Maya 2011

September 2011: Scientists on an interdisciplinary expedition explored the forgotten world of the Maya in the Yucatan along the tip of Quintana Roo. See how the Maya maritime trade network was able to thrive in a challenging coastal environment that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean.

Gulf of Mexico 2011

August – September 2011: Very few deep water multibeam sonars are capable of providing water column backscatter data. Learn why the primary purpose of this expedition was to study the feasibility of using this capability to map gasses in the water column.

Exploring the Submerged New World 2011

August 2011: Scientists returned to four dive sites they visited in 2009 to study the biology, geology, and oceanography of a series of canyons off the middle Atlantic coast of the U.S.

Mid-Cayman Rise Expedition 2011

August 2011: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer traveled to the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, where a team of international scientists both at-sea and on shore conducted interdisciplinary investigations of the Mid-Cayman Rise.

New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration 2011

July - November 2011: Scientists from a multi-institute initiative conducted ocean exploration projects in the Black, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas and the eastern Atlantic Ocean over a five-month period.

Galápagos Rift Expedition 2011

July 2011: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer embarked on a unique expedition to one of the most fascinating areas of the world’s oceans to explore the water column and unexplored benthic environments in the Galápagos region.

Bermuda Deep Water Caves 2011: Dives of Discovery

June 2011: Some of the world’s foremost technical divers used state-of-the-art equipment to explore Bermuda's deep water caves. See how they examined the unique characteristics of Bermuda's shelf edge in order to learn about climate and sea level changes since the last Ice Age.

Deepwater Mid-Atlantic Canyons Exploration 2011

June 2011: This project represented a major systematic exploration of submarine canyons on the continental margin of the eastern United States. Scientists used data and information to improve knowledge of the type and extent of unique deep-water communities in the mid-Atlantic canyons.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer California Shakedown Cruise 2011: Exploring California's National Marine Sanctuaries

March 2011: This expedition provided an opportunity to get NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer underway and ensure that all of its systems and equipment were fully operational prior to integration of the remotely operated vehicle on board.

Pacific Deep Reefs 2011

February - March 2011: In this deep-diving expedition to the Southern Pacific, scientists characterized deep-reef communities and began the task of assessing organisms for their biotechnology potential.

2010

Lophelia II 2010: Oil Seeps and Deep Reefs

October 2010: Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown set off on their fourth expedition to investigate the deep-water coral communities of the Gulf of Mexico.

Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk

October 2010: NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries hosted this research and education mission, bringing the science of ocean conservation and the underwater world to the public during live Internet broadcasts from the Aquarius undersea laboratory in the Florida Keys.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Maximizing Operations

October 2010: Systematic exploration aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has been an evolving operational model referred to as a “sticks and boxes” approach. The variety of data being collected onboard the Okeanos during this cruise from Hawaii to California represented a step forward in the exploration conducted with the at-sea time allotted to the ship.

Cradle of the Earthquake: Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010

September 2010: Using a multidisciplinary approach including mapping, core sampling, and "green" vessel technology, scientists explored this famous—if still relatively poorly understood—underwater fault off Northern California's coast.

Extended Continental Shelf Project 2010

August - September 2010: The 2010 Extended Continental Shelf survey was a five-week-long Arctic mapping expedition involving two icebreakers: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary 2010

August - September 2010: Using high-resolution systematic surveys of a large area along the shipping routes used by Massachusetts’ oldest ports, scientists tried to locate historic shipwrecks, including a shipwreck from the earliest periods of United States history.

Thunder Bay 2010: Cutting Edge Technology and the Hunt for Lake Huron’s Lost Ships

August 2010: Thunder Bay 2010 brought cutting-edge shipwreck-finding technology to Lake Huron’s “shipwreck alley”—the stretch of Lake Huron just off the northeastern Michigan coast that has claimed hundreds of ships.

Florida Shelf Edge Exploration 2010

July - August 2010: A science team on the research vessel Seward Johnson headed to the eastern Gulf of Mexico to assess and record conditions in the water column and on the seafloor to gather baseline data along Florida’s shelf edge as part of NOAA’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

INDEX 2010: Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region

June – August 2010: An international team led by scientists from the United States and Indonesia participated in a collaborative effort to explore the depths of Indonesian waters.

Sea of Cortez Expedition 2010

April - May 2010: This unique expedition took place in Ballena Bay, just off the Isla Espíritu Santo. Learn why scientists hoped their findings would give them a better understanding of human migration into the New World.

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010

February 2010: A diverse team of scientists tackled questions about strange new biological life forms, communities, and ecosystems far from the sunlit ocean surface at the Chilean Triple Junction.