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.
June 2020: This expedition's objective is to add more information about the environment in which early Gulf coast inhabitants would have lived.
September 2019: A team of ocean scientists and engineers from Lehigh University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used NOAA Research Vessel R/V MANTA and the newly developed autonomous underwater vehicle Mesobot to collect environmental DNA in order to explore the biodiversity of deepwater ecosystems near Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico.
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.