EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022

October 16 - November 3, 2022

Expedition Overview

From October 16 - November 3, 2022, NOAA Ocean Exploration will conduct an exploratory expedition to increase mapping coverage in unexplored regions off the coasts of California and Oregon, with a focus on waters deeper than 200 meters (656 feet). The expedition will commence with a transit northwest from San Diego, California, in order to reach target areas for mapping in a small region south of the Channel Islands and off the west coasts of California and Oregon. The expedition team will conduct 24-hour-a-day exploratory mapping operations to fill priority mapping gaps and will also conduct a detailed sub-bottom survey of a sponge reef south of the Channel Islands. The expedition will conclude in Newport, Oregon, marking the end of operations on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for the 2022 calendar year.

The mapping work conducted during the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition will result in high-resolution maps of the seafloor and provide acoustic backscatter data information about the seabed and water column. Acquired data will fill critical mapping gaps in the region and directly support the objectives of the interagency EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems (EXPRESS) campaign, including guiding wise use of living marine resources and habitats, informing ocean energy and mineral resource decisions, and improving offshore hazard assessments along the U.S. West Coast.

In support of NOAA Ocean Exploration’s goal of training the next generation of ocean explorers, two explorers-in-training will participate in the expedition, assisting in the collection and processing of sonar data.

Operations during the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition will take place on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, shown here at sea during the 2022 Caribbean Mapping expedition.
Operations during the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition will take place on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, shown here at sea during the 2022 Caribbean Mapping expedition. Image courtesy of Anna Sagatov, GFOE, 2022 Caribbean Mapping. Download largest version (jpg, 5.1 MB).
Mapping expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer provide a great real-world training opportunity for students interested in careers in ocean exploration through NOAA Ocean Exploration’s Explorer-in-Training program. Two explorers-in-training will sail on the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition, helping to process multibeam sonar data, much like explorer-in-training Paige Hoel, pictured here, did during the 2022 Puerto Rico Mapping and Deep-Sea Camera Demonstration.
Mapping expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer provide a great real-world training opportunity for students interested in careers in ocean exploration through NOAA Ocean Exploration’s Explorer-in-Training program. Two explorers-in-training will sail on the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition, helping to process multibeam sonar data, much like explorer-in-training Paige Hoel, pictured here, did during the 2022 Puerto Rico Mapping and Deep-Sea Camera Demonstration. Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2022 Puerto Rico Mapping and Deep-Sea Camera Demonstration. Download largest version (jpg, 3.7 MB).

Operations

This map shows the general operating area along the coasts of California and Oregon for the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition, with the approximate track of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer shown as a white line and mapping targets outlined in blue.
This map shows the general operating area along the coasts of California and Oregon for the EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition, with the approximate track of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer shown as a white line and mapping targets outlined in blue. Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022. Download largest version (jpg, 591 KB).

Education Content

Education Theme pages provide the best of what the NOAA Ocean Exploration website has to offer to support your classroom during this expedition. On each theme page, you will find links to expedition features, lessons, multimedia, career information, and associated past expeditions.

Media Contacts

Emily Crum

Communication Specialist
NOAA Ocean Exploration
emily.crum@noaa.gov

David Hall

Public Affairs Officer
NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
david.l.hall@noaa.gov

NOAA Ocean Exploration’s EXPRESS: West Coast Mapping 2022 expedition will contribute to the National Strategy for Exploring, Mapping, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, Seabed 2030 and the interagency EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems (EXPRESS) campaign.

Data collected during the expedition will be available in NOAA’s public data archives within 60-90 days of its completion and will be accessible via the NOAA Ocean Exploration Data Atlas.