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Join us for the INDEX 2010: “Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region”.

Join us for the INDEX 2010: “Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region”. This unique expedition is to one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world’s ocean. Click image for larger view and image credit.

INDEX 2010:
Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region
  “An Indonesia and US Journey to discover and value the hidden world of our deep sea”

Jeremy Potter
Expedition Coordinator
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

From June to August 2010, an international team led by scientists from the United States and Indonesia will collaborate to explore the depths of Indonesian waters. The expedition, Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region (INDEX 2010), will feature a number of firsts including: the maiden voyage of NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer; the first joint Indonesia-USA ocean exploration expedition; and the first joint international mission with two ships sending live video to scientists in Exploration Command Centers ashore.

We expect to make discoveries that will advance our understanding of undersea ecosystems, particularly those associated with submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. The geographical area of operation is located entirely within the ‘Coral Triangle Region’, the global heart of shallow-water marine biodiversity. This will also be the first time scientists use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to get even a glimpse of deepwater biodiversity in the waters of the Sangihe Talaud Region.

During the expedition U.S. and Indonesian scientists will work side-by-side on two ships, the Okeanos Explorer and the Indonesian research vessel Baruna Jaya IV, and at Exploration Command Centers ashore.  The ship’s complementary capabilities will provide first look at the areas surrounding the Sangihe and Talaud island chains northeast of North Sulawesi, where there are sure to be many geological and biological discoveries.

Podcasts LOGO NOAA Podcast:
Learn about the Okeanos Explorer with a video or audio podcast on the mission. (Quicktime, 1.9 Mb.)

podcast icon camera icon Google Earth Virtual Tour (Quicktime, 833 Kb.) Google Earth/Maps [ KMZ Download ]

You can access the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer INDEX 2010 News feed here: NOAA RSS 2.0 Feed

Updates & Logs
Click images or links below for detailed mission logs and updates.

August 6 LogAugust 6 Log Adjusting to strong currents and treacherous terrain while still creating quality pictures can be difficult, but a pilot’s real difficulty is finding time while flying to communicate with the rest of the ROV team and with scientists on shore.

August 5 LogAugust 5 Log Multibeam mapping may not be as exciting as ROV video, but without knowing what the seafloor looks like, we wouldn’t know where to explore with the ROV.

August 4 LogAugust 4 Log The Indonesian R/V Baruna Jaya IV recently conducted an integrated hydrography, oceanography, geology and fisheries survey off the west side of Siau island.

August 3 LogAugust 3 Log While the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operating in Indonesian waters, satellite and high-speed Internet pathways, AKA “telepresence”, enables shore-side scientist participation across the globe.

August 2 LogAugust 2 Log NOAA Corps officers work throughout all of NOAA’s offices, both onshore and at sea aboard NOAA’s fleet of 19 vessels (and 12 aircraft).

August 1 LogAugust 1 Log Operations vary every day on this ship. At any given point in time, we may be conducting a CTD, a plankton tow, a deep or shallow water trawl, ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profile) measurements, or bathymetric surveys.

July 31 LogJuly 31 Log The EM302 multibeam sonar system onboard the Okeanos Explorer is one of the most state of the art systems of its kind available in the world today.

July 29 LogJuly 29 Log Here is a brief look at what a typical day is like on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while the ship is underway and conducting operations.

July 27 LogJuly 27 Log Every now and again, something remarkable happens—a sunset, a great video from the ROV or discovering a plume in the multibeam—which reminds me why I keep coming back for more.

July 26 LogJuly 26 Log “Creative solutions turn challenges into opportunities.” U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume wrote those words in an op-ed a few years ago. He also lives by them.

July 24 LogJuly 24 Log Video technology plays a big role in the exploration we are engaged with here on the Okeanos Explorer.

July 22 LogJuly 22 Log As we continue on our first mission of Ocean Exploration, collectively we must strive to answer one of our most controversial questions: Where does Exploration stop and Research Science begin?

July 12 Log
July 12 Log A massive population of barnacles feeds on passing plankton, using their cirri—feathery feeding structures that come out of the barnacle to snag food from the water column.
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July 11 LogJuly 11 Log Today we had one of the most interesting dives so far during this expedition. The location was the volcanic feature termed “Target K” in the southwestern part of our area of operations.

July 9 LogJuly 9 Log INDEX 2010 marks the first time all of Okeanos Explorer’s primary capabilities have come together with shore-side Exploration Command Centers (ECCs) to conduct systematic exploration.

July 7 LogJuly 7 Log Many people are curious as to the cast of characters that make an operation like this work. Learn more about the Okeanos Explorer's ROV Operations Team.

July 5 LogJuly 5 Log The Indonesian Research Vessel Baruna Jaya IV has been busy making final preparations to join the expedition and bring her complementary capabilities to bear on exploring the Sangihe Talaud region.

July 4 LogJuly 4 Log Birthdays, milestones and holidays can be an opportunity for the whole crew to get together and participate in a single activity as a group.

July 2 LogJuly 2 Log At American Embassies around the world, one of the most important events of the year is the 4th of July party.

June 30 LogJune 30 Log We are deep in one of the most exotic seas in the world – the centre of the Coral Triangle with the highest diversity of marine animals in the world.
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June 29 LogJune 29 Log After many months of planning and preparation, today marked the first day of full telepresence operations at the Exploration Command Center (ECC) based in Seattle, WA.
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June 27 LogJune 27 Log We are making a more detailed seafloor map of a 2,400 square mile area west of the Sangihe arc using a high-precision sonar device on board the ship.

June 26 LogJune 26 Log June 24 marked the start of the first expedition where all of the sensors on Okeanos Explorer will work in unison to explore unknown depths in Indonesian waters.
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June 25 LogJune 25 Log Scientists and participants at the Jakarta ECC are utilizing telepresence to explore the ocean for the first time!

June 24 LogJune 24 Log The Indonesia-U.S. ocean exploration partnership represents the rapidly evolving partnership between the two countries.

June 23 Log
June 23 Log It’s been more than 48 hours since the ‘Welcoming Ceremony’ for the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and onboard personnel ended, but we are still practically speechless.
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Daily UpdatesDaily Updates Click here to read short daily summaries of the ship's activities, written by the INDEX 2010 Expedition Coordinator.