Media Kit

Thank you for your interest in NOAA Ocean Exploration. Here you can find information about our media resources and learn how to access multimedia content to help you build your story.

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About Us | Media Releases & Advisories | Expedition Media Resources | Social Media | Images & Video

About Us

NOAA Ocean Exploration is a federal organization dedicated to exploring the unknown ocean, unlocking its potential through scientific discovery, technological advancements, and data delivery. By working closely with partners across public, private, and academic sectors, we are filling gaps in our basic understanding of the marine environment. This allows us, collectively, to protect ocean health, sustainably manage our marine resources, accelerate our national economy, better understand our changing environment, and enhance appreciation of the importance of the ocean in our everyday lives.

With priority placed on exploration of deep waters and the waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, NOAA Ocean Exploration applies the latest tools and technologies to explore previously unknown areas of the ocean, making discoveries of scientific, economic, and cultural value. By making collected data publicly available in increasingly innovative and accessible ways, we provide a unique and centralized national resource of critical ocean information. And, through live exploration video, online resources, training and educational opportunities, and public events, we share the excitement of ocean exploration with people around the world and inspire and engage the next generation of ocean scientists, engineers, and leaders.

Learn more about NOAA Ocean Exploration.

Overview factsheet (pdf, 1.3 MB)


Media Releases and Advisories

On this page, you can access media releases and advisories distributed by NOAA Ocean Exploration and partners regarding expeditions we have led or supported, as well as information about opportunities, discoveries, and more.


Expedition-Specific Media Resources

Many expeditions, including those on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, that are covered on this website have individual media resources pages that provide additional information such as overviews of expedition goals, objectives, and participants as well as access to additional images and video.


Social Media

For updates on NOAA Ocean Exploration activities, you can follow us on Twitter , like us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram , or subscribe to our YouTube channel .


Images and Videos

Usage and Credit

Most of the images and video collected during our ocean exploration expeditions are in the public domain, meaning they are free to use without restrictions or additional permissions required.

For images and videos posted on this website, we ask that you include the credit information included in the caption associated with each image or video. If space is limited, please credit NOAA Ocean Exploration (preferred) or NOAA.

A limited number of images and videos posted on the website are copyrighted. If the image caption includes the word "copyright," additional permissions are required for use. Contact us for help in getting the required permissions.

Image and Video Access

Images and videos are available via the resources listed below. If you need assistance in finding something specific, feel free to contact us.

Expedition-Specific Images and Videos

Many of the expeditions covered on this website have an Image and Video Gallery web page that includes all images and videos posted in association with a specific expedition.


Image Gallery

This page provides some of the best images from expeditions over the years, including images of corals, fish, jellies, and other marine life, as well as images of technology, multibeam bathymetry, explorers, and more. The gallery is updated on a rolling basis, as expeditions are completed.


Video Playlist

This page includes some of the best video content from NOAA Ocean Exploration expeditions over the years, organized by category.

Live Video

When NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, this page will broadcast live video streams from the ship. What is being shown on the different video streams will vary depending on the expedition and operations.

NOAA Ocean Exploration Video Portal

The NOAA Ocean Exploration Video Portal allows users to search, discover, and access video data collected from the remotely operated vehicle system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as well as other expeditions supported by NOAA Ocean Exploration. The portal provides previews of videos, the ability to download low-resolution and ProRes versions of videos, and access to details about when and where video was collected, including downloadable dive summaries and links to any associated web coverage. All video on the portal is in the public domain and should be credited to NOAA Ocean Exploration.


Image and Video Sizes and Resolution

For images on this website, the largest version of an image or video available can be downloaded via a link at the end of the associated caption. If a link to a larger version is not posted, it is likely not available.

All underwater images collected during Okeanos Explorer expeditions are only available at 72 dpi, 1920x1080.

For videos produced on this website, if an HD version of the video is available, it can be downloaded via a link at the end of the video caption.

Underwater footage collected during Okeanos Explorer expeditions (including produced videos and raw, unedited clips) is available in ProRes422 .mov format. You can request ProRes versions via the NOAA Ocean Exploration Video Portal or by contacting us. Note that ProRes versions of video are typically not available until two to three months after the end of an expedition.