March 6, 2018
On March 5, 2018, a report of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) 2017 expeditions was released online. New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2017 Field Season , is the eighth consecutive supplement on ocean exploration to accompany Oceanography.
These booklets provide details about the innovative technologies deployed to investigate the seafloor and water column and explain how telepresence can both convey the excitement of ocean exploration to global audiences and allow scientists as well as the public on shore to participate in expeditions in real time. The supplements also describe the variety of educational programs the Ocean Exploration Trust, OER, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute support in conjunction with schools, museums, visitors centers, and aquariums, as well as internships that bring high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, teachers, and artists on board ships.
Expeditions highlighted in the supplement include exploration of the geology, chemistry, biology, and archaeology of many parts of the global ocean and seas. The new edition includes OER’s work on NOAA’s three-year Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE) and highlights the significance of U.S. marine protected areas and the resources they contain was an underlying focus for all three organizations.