NOAA Ocean Exploration Operations on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Control room on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

The control room on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during a remotely operated vehicle dive.


2024 Mapping Shakedown + High Seas Mapping

April 13-May 4, 2024

From April 13-May 4, NOAA Ocean Exploration and partners will conduct the 2024 Mapping and Shakedown + High Seas Mapping expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, transiting from California to Hawai'i. While underway, the team will spend time calibrating, testing, assessing, and adjusting the ship's acoustic mapping systems and associated equipment. Once all testing objectives are complete, mapping operations will focus on the collection of bathymetric, sub-bottom, and water column data within waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. There will not be any remotely operated vehicle dives during this expedition.

About the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Meet the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the only federal vessel dedicated to exploring our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge about the deep ocean.

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When it first appeared in the Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide, this sponge was unknown to science. It has since been formally described and given the name Advhena magnifica (meaning "magnificent alien")

Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

A popular and trusted ocean science community resource used (and contributed to) by ocean scientists around the world to help identify animals seen during deep-ocean exploration.

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Get Involved

From scientists and students to members of the general public, learn how to get involved with expeditions led by NOAA Ocean Exploration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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