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  • NOAA, Ocean Discovery League to advance low cost, equitable deep ocean exploration

    April 17, 2024  |  NOAA

    NOAA and the nonprofit Ocean Discovery Leagueoffsite link (ODL) recently signed a formal agreement to work together to accelerate deep-ocean exploration through the development of low-cost tools and technologies, such as deep-sea cameras, that give greater, more equitable access to broader public and scientific communities to explore the deep ocean.



  • United States, Australia Ocean Science Agencies Team Up to Explore and Map Pacific Ocean

    December 21, 2022  |  NOAA

    NOAA and two of Australia's leading science agencies announced a formal agreement Tuesday to work together to advance Pacific Ocean exploration and mapping, a major priority for NOAA and of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

  • NOAA, Partners Discover Wreck of 207-year-old Whaling Ship in Gulf of Mexico

    March 23, 2022  |  NOAA

    NOAA and partners today announced the discovery of the wreck of a 207-year-old whaling ship, called Industry, found on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The remains of the 64-foot long, two-masted wooden brig opens a window into a little known chapter of American history when descendents of African slaves and Native Americans served as essential crew in one of the nation’s oldest industries.


  • Trump Administration Delivers Implementation Plan to Map, Explore, and Characterize our Oceans

    January 5, 2021  |  The White House

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Mary Neumayr and Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, as Co-chairs of the Ocean Policy Committee, released an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.




  • NOAA ship journeys into remote, deep Pacific ocean

    February 14, 2017  |  NOAA News

    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will send a remotely operated vehicle into deepwater protected areas of the central Pacific Ocean this week – and you can follow along live online.



  • Public invited to join NOAA on deep sea expedition of Pacific marine protected areas

    July 30, 2015  |  NOAA News

    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin two months of dives using unmanned remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to explore marine protected areas in the central Pacific Ocean. Starting on Aug. 1, anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the deep sea with scientists and researchers from their computer or mobile device.

  • NOAA to explore depths of Caribbean Sea

    April 8, 2015  |  NOAA News

    Beginning April 10, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online.


  • NOAA establishes new panel to guide ocean exploration

    November, 13, 2014  |  NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

    NOAA today announced the appointment of 13 members to a new federal Ocean Exploration Advisory Board that will provide guidance to NOAA and the nation on the exploration of our ocean.

  • NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for two centuries

    April 23, 2014  |  NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

    Beginning April 10, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online.

  • 'Virtual explorers' invited to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico on NOAA expedition

    April 10, 2014  |  NOAA News

    From April 12-30, members of the public are invited to join NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as it explores deep-sea habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. “Virtual ocean explorers” will have the chance to see canyons, deep-sea coral communities, and shipwrecks dating to the early 1800s via live video transmitted from the deep seafloor.

  • Meadows Center brings live shipwreck exploration to San Marcos 

    April 8, 2014  |  Texas State University

    The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will operate a 24-hour Exploration Command Center April 15, 16 and 24, where a team will help guide exploratory dives on four shipwrecks via remotely operated vehicle (ROV) underwater robot.

  • Three mystery ships to be explored off Galveston 

    April 2014  |  Texas A & M University - Gavelston

    On April 16, 17 and 24, Texas A&M University at Galveston’s research scientists, archaeologists and students will join experts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Texas Historical Commission and the Meadows Center at Texas State University in investigating three shipwrecks south of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary



  • NOAA explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off U.S. Atlantic coast

    December 19, 2012  |  NOAA News

    NOAA ocean explorers used an advanced multibeam sonar mapping system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer last month to discover and map the first deepwater gas seeps found off the U.S. Atlantic Coast north of Cape Hatteras.

  • Watch video LIVE from the seafloor as NOAA and partners explore deep-sea volcanoes

    September 17, 2012  |  NOAA News

    With just a computer or a mobile device, you can virtually join a NOAA-led team of 35 international scientists as they explore seafloor volcanoes. Watch live video from the deep sea and hear shipboard scientists describe their discoveries as they explore submarine volcanoes in the Western Pacific’s Lau Basin, centered between Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.

  • NOPP Announces 2011 Excellence in Partnering Award Winner 

    August 17, 2012  |  National Oceanographic Partnership Program

    The NOPP Office is excited to announce that the 2011 NOPP Excellence in Partnering Award has been awarded to the project team of the FY 2008 NOPP-funded project Exploration and Research of Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Natural and Artificial Hard Bottom Habitats with Emphasis on Coral Communities: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks (also known as Lophelia II).

  • Joint BOEM, NOAA, USGS mission discovers record depth for Lophelia coral on Gulf of Mexico energy platforms

    August 10, 2012  |  NOAA News

    A team of federal and university scientists on a 10-day expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has discovered Lophelia coral growing deeper than previously seen anywhere in the Gulf. Newly available information on Lophelia’s growth rate and conditions will inform future environmental review and decision-making for the protection of deep-water coral habitats.

  • New Ocean Exploration Command Center installed at Stennis Space Center

    April 19, 2012  |  NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

    What mysteries lie in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico? The Gulf's hidden world is being revealed live and in high definition this April at Stennis Space Center, MS thanks to a long-standing partnership between Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The new Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center at Stennis is now home to the only NOAA Exploration Command Center in the Southeast.

  • Public invited to virtually join NOAA exploration of the Gulf, live from the seafloor

    April 19, 2012  |  NOAA News

    From today through April 28, the public can watch live undersea video and listen in as ocean explorers at sea and ashore comment in real-time as they observe marine species, visit gas seeps and map poorly known areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico.