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.
Between May 26 - June 14, 2022, a team of scientists will explore Escanaba Trough, about 200 miles off the coast of northern California, in order to characterize the hydrothermal sulfide system within the trough.
From May 23-June 3, an expedition team will use autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. They will generate large datasets for training and validating machine learning models for shipwreck detection using sonar imagery.
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.