From August 15 to September 30, NOAA Ocean Exploration will conduct two telepresence-enabled exploratory ocean mapping expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer that will include 24-hour-a-day acoustic exploration mapping operations in areas generally deeper than 200 meters (656 feet) in U.S. waters off the east coast, with a focus on the Blake Plateau.
NOTE: Updates are made in near real-time approximately every 15 minutes. If any part of the communication chain is broken, an image will be displayed with the last successful data transmission captured. If the map fails to update within 24 hours, please inform the web team.
The gauges below represent data being collected from sensors on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer - reflecting conditions at the sea surface, not at the depth of the remotely operated vehicle (if deployed). Click on a parameter name to learn more about what the gauge is displaying.
*NOTE: The instrumentation that collects this data is not in operation at all times, so this gauge may show '0' meters/OFF. It may be inactive during shallow water transits to and from port; during ROV dives, if certain species of whales are within a certain distance of the ship, and while over Undersea Cultural Heritage sites.
Operations on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer are being conducted following strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols, prioritizing the health and safety of onboard personnel, while still meeting expedition goals and NOAA’s mission needs. Prior to boarding the ship, all mission personnel sheltered in place for seven days and received negative COVID-19 tests. While on the ship, all personnel are required to practice social distancing and wear masks in public places. Exceptions to COVID-19 protocols on the ship may be made if necessary to ensure personnel are fully able to conduct safe navigation of the ship and other operations, such as equipment launch and recovery.
Use of the livestreams is an important component of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer’s mission. Depending on the exploration and operations at hand, content and availability of the video feeds will change. All video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration.
All views and opinions expressed in this video feed are those of the speaker and are not attributable to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or other federal agency.
Note regarding audio: Audio is only available during dives, when the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are in the water. Live video will stream off the ship with audio from the ROV pilots and audio from the ship-to-shore science conversation. To hear more or less of one of these conversations, adjust the audio settings on your computer to shift the balance right or left, for more science and less pilots or vice versa. On a PC, you can do this through the "Speaker/Headphones" properties, which can be accessed by clicking on the speaker icon (next to the the clock) and then clicking on the "Levels" tab or by going to your Control Panel, selecting "Hardware and Sound," and selecting "Sound." On a Mac, select System Preferences, Sound, and Output.
If you continue to have difficulties, please contact us.
When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, this page will broadcast streams from the ship. What is being shown on the different video streams may change depending on the exploration and operations at hand; check the table below for information about the current display and/or the status updates above for information about operations.
Note that occassionally on the feeds, you will see two red dots – these laser points are 10 centimeters (almost four inches) apart and are used by scientists to determine the sizes of things that they are seeing.
Operations on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer are being conducted following COVID-19 mitigation protocols, prioritizing the health and safety of onboard personnel, while still meeting expedition goals and NOAA’s mission needs.