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. For each expedition covered on the website, you'll find information ranging from mission plans and background essays to educational materials and mission logs, expedition daily updates, videos, and images. Use the links below to navigate OER-supported missions.
September 2020: In this expedition on Exploration Vessel Nautilus, we aim to explore how methane seeps interact with ocean systems and seek out expanding avenues in an ocean blue economy future.
July to August 2020: A team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in partnership with the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science explored Wimble Shoals, located adjacent to Rodanthe, North Carolina, on Duke University’s Research Vessel Shearwater. The Wimble Shoals Project team was seeking to characterize the maritime heritage resources of Wimble Shoals in order to enhance our knowledge of coastal processes affecting cultural resources (shipwrecks) and the marine ecosystem off Hatteras Island.
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.