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 expeditions supported by our office, including those on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, while they are underway or trace the activities and discoveries of past expeditions. For each expedition covered on the website, you'll find information ranging from expedition plans and feature stories to educational materials and expedition daily updates, videos, and images. Use the links below to navigate NOAA Ocean Exploration-supported missions.
From September 25 - October 5, 2021, the project team will conduct geophysical surveys aboard the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster, focusing on regions of the eastern Pacific continental shelf that contain tar seeps, paleochannel, and possible paleoestuaries.
This expedition will include mapping the Alpena-Amberley Ridge within Lake Huron to identify potential archaeological or paleoenvironmental sites for further investigation with a remotely operated vehicle and divers in order to create a virtual reality reconstruction of the area when it was dryland and occupied by early humans.
Visit this page to access web coverage of expeditions supported by OER, organized according to broad topical themes.
Visit this page for a simple map showing the location of OER-supported expeditions and to access web coverage for these missions.
This page features links to expeditions supported by OER, organized according to year.
Expeditions that took place prior to 2010 are archived here.