NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Updates

Check this page to learn more about what is happening in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, including recent accomplishments and announcements as well as information about upcoming events and activities. Or, visit the archive for past updates.

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2017

  • National Ocean Exploration Forum, October 20 - 21, 2017

    October 17, 2017

    On the weekend of October 21-22, 2017, experts in ocean exploration and data science will come together for the annual National Ocean Exploration Forum at the University of California San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute. The goal of the Forum, titled Ocean Exploration in a Sea of Data, is to move the way we experience ocean exploration data into the future.

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  • Ocean Exploration Celebration: October 1, 2017

    September 19, 2017

    Come celebrate ocean exploration with us! On October 1, 2017, we invite you to a very special opportunity to come tour two of the most technologically advanced research and exploration vessels in the world. Both Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor and NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be docked at the University of Hawaii Marine Center - Pier 35, Honolulu, Hawaii, celebrating recent exploration activities and preparing for upcoming expeditions.

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  • OER Launches Octonauts Corner Webpage

    April 21, 2017

    On April 19, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research launched the Ocotnauts Corner webpage. On this webpage, visitors can download Creature Cards (educational coloring sheets) and a Deep Sea Creature Chart and view related videos from Okeanos Explorer expeditions.

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  • From Surface to Seafloor: Exploration of the Water Column

    March 6, 2017

    On March 4-5, 2018, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) and the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology hosted a workshop, From Surface to Seafloor: Exploration of the Water Column.

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  • National Ocean Exploration Forum 2015 and 2016 Reports Available

    February 27, 2017

    The final reports from the 2015 and 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forums are now available.

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2016

  • OER’s New Video Discovery and Access Portal

    November 30, 2016

    On November 30, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) launched the new OER Video Portal – a self-service web portal allowing anyone to access video segments and highlights recorded onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during expeditions conducted from 2010 through 2016. Portal users can search for, discover, preview, and/or directly download low-resolution video files and place orders for full-resolution video files.

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  • Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announces Roster of Teams and Advisory Board

    October 13, 2016

    XPRIZE announced today a total of 32 teams exit icon from 22 countries will compete to win the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE exit icon. The three-year global competition, announced in December 2015 exit icon, challenges teams to advance technologies for rapid, unmanned, and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.

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  • Scientists Aboard Okeanos Explorer Discover Largest Sponge Known in the World in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

    May 25, 2016

    This week, the scientific journal Marine Biodiversity published a study describing the largest sponge known in the world exit icon, found at a depth of 7,000 feet within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The sponge was close to 12 feet long and 7 feet wide, comparable in size to a minivan.

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  • Extensive Coral Communities found in Glacier Bay National Park

    April 18, 2016

    On a recent research expedition in Alaska, scientists aboard the R/V Norseman II conducted the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Using both surveys by scuba divers and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Kraken2, scientists found an abundance of cold-water corals and associated organisms that use these corals as habitat, from the very bottom to the top of the submerged portion of the fjords.

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  • OER’s New Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

    March 30, 2016

    On March 22, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research launched the new Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide – a collection of in situ images created from video frame grabs taken from Deep Discoverer (D2) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video.

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