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.
May 14 - May 27, 2021: From May 14-27, 2021, NOAA Ocean Exploration will lead the 2021 Technology Demonstration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Norfolk, Virginia. The expedition provides an opportunity to test several technologies that will allow the ocean exploration community to explore deeper, farther, and more comprehensively than previously possible.
April 16 - May 10, 2021: The NOAA Ocean Exploration will begin the 2021 operations aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer with a 25-day expedition to assess the functionality and ensure readiness of mapping-related equipment, including a new state-of-the-art EM 304 multibeam sonar transducer.
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.