How to Access Data Collected by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) strives to make as much of the data collected onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer available to the scientists and the public as soon as possible. The program has embraced the paradigm of "collect once and use many times."

Archived data is typically available within one to six months after a cruise is completed.  The OER data management team also creates ISO standard metadata for all Okeanos Explorer data housed in the archives.

For specific data requests, or if you do not find what you are looking for in the resources listed below, please submit this form.


OER Digital Atlas
The OER Digital Atlas is a map-based portal to directly access and download scientific data from distributed repositories, including NOAA archives, NOAA Library catalogs, and special collections.


Okeanos Explorer Atlas
The Okeanos Explorer Atlas is an online mapping tool that provides information about expeditions conducted aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. While the ship is underway, data collected and processed in real time is displayed alongside other non-mission specific data. After an expedition is over, OER geospatial data are accessible as Web Mapping Services hosted by ArcGIS Server.


OER Video Portal
Search, discover and access video data from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's deep-sea submergence system. Please use this form to share your feedback on the OER Video Portal.


Accessing Samples Collected by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
Learn how to access physical biologic and geologic samples and digital sampling data collected on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.


Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide
This collection of in situ images serves as a taxonomic reference of deepwater animals encountered during remotely operated vehicle dives around the Hawaiian Archipelago and Johnston Atoll.


GIS Data Services
Geospatial Web services provide open access to OER's geospatial data collection. Data can be accessed in different representations, such as KML or WMS for display in Google Earth, ArcGIS On Line, or similar tools.


Archived Collections
This page describes the different archived data collections, including holdings by the National Centers for Environmental Information and NOAA Central Library.


List of Archived Data Types
This list includes all data types that are archived from an Okeanos Explorer cruise. Certain geospatial data related to submerged cultural heritage sites may be restricted and unavailable for direct download. Submit this form to request access to restricted data.



The OER data management team is committed to providing the reliable, timely access to data produced on board the Okeanos Explorer. They are continuously working with the NOAA Archives to expand the types of data available and the ease of access. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact them at