NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Participation

Welcome! We are excited to have you participate in expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer with the NOAA Office of Exploration and Research! Below are some links necessary to participate in expeditions either from shore or while sailing aboard the Okeanos Explorer.

General Okeanos Explorer Information

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2022 Overview

In 2022, NOAA Ocean Exploration will spend more than 200 days at sea on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while exploring two ocean basins. From February through mid-August, we will continue operations in the deep waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. After we wrap up our work in the Atlantic, Okeanos Explorer will transit through the Panama Canal and kick off our return to the Pacific with a series of expeditions along the U.S. West Coast this fall.

Learn more


Introduction to Operations with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Learn about the principles of ocean exploration, science equipment and capabilities, remote science participation via telepresence, engagement activities, and expedition data access associated with the Okeanos in this video.

Learn more


Referring to NOAA Ocean Exploration

This page outlines guidance on how to better message and highlight the work of NOAA Ocean Exploration, including that done in association with expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Also included is information on how to use and cite data collected during expeditions.

Learn more


Sampling Operations

Learn about exploration sampling processes, procedures, and products.

Learn more


NOAA OER Deepwater Exploration Mapping Procedures Manual

Learn about OER's principles and procedures for deepwater ocean exploration acoustic mapping.

Learn more

Information for Cruise Participants

Shore-based Participants

The information on this page will help you to participate in an Okeanos Explorer expedition remotely, from shore.

Learn more


Sailing Participants

This page includes important information for team members sailing on Okeanos expeditions.

Learn more


Opportunities to Get Involved

Through the use of telepresence, far more people are able to participate in Okeanos expeditions than with a more “traditional” research cruise, providing many opportunities to get involved. Visit this page to learn more about how to get involved in the two primary types of Okeanos cruises conducted – mapping exploration and remotely operated vehicle cruises.

Learn more