Technology Development and Partnerships

The technologies of today and those that are newly emerging for tomorrow are allowing us to explore the ocean in increasingly more effective, scientific, and noninvasive ways. The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) promotes the innovative use of existing technologies while investing in new technologies and state-of-the-art platforms and vehicles. We work both internally and externally, supporting technology activities in partnership with government agencies, academia, and the private sector.

Use the links below to learn more about technology activities that OER is supporting to enhance our ability to explore the ocean – to identify, understand, and manage ocean resources now and for future generations. Learn more about OER-supported ocean exploration expeditions here.


Mapping and Assessing Rhode Island’s Historic Submarines Using Synthetic Aperture Sonar

August 2018: A team from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Kraken Robotics Inc., and the University of Rhode Island Applied History Lab started a project to image, for the first time, all four of Rhode Island’s sunken historic submarines using a new Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.