Publications and Reports

NOAA Ocean Exploration has funded multiple ocean explorations since 2001. Peer-reviewed publications resulting from these missions are available through the NOAA Ocean Exploration Digital Atlas, an online map index providing centralized access to distributed information resulting from explorations. Additionally, the NOAA Central Library maintains an online Ocean Exploration and Research Bibliography, which allows users to browse publications both by expedition and by author.


Citation Analysis on OER Publications

The NOAA Central Library performs a summary-level bibliometric analysis on known peer-reviewed journal articles produced as a result of research supported by NOAA Ocean Exploration. This report was produced using data retrieved from the Web of Science, Science Citation Index Expanded database.

Citation Analysis on OER Publications (April 2021) (pdf, 1.2 MB)

The bibliometric indicators presented in this report are based on citations from the select group of peer-reviewed journal articles indexed by the Web of Science and as such, do not reflect citations to NOAA Ocean Exploration-sponsored research from peer-reviewed journals outside of the Web of Science or from other sources such as book chapters, conference proceedings, or technical reports.

More information about the methodology used and a full listing of all of the articles evaluated in this report are available upon request to the NOAA Central Library.

Contact Information for NOAA Ocean Exploration Bibliography

Director, NOAA Central Library
Phone: (301) 713-2607 ext. 139


NOAA Institutional Repository

The NOAA Central Library provides discovery and access to NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition publications, including mapping data reports (MDR), cruise reports (CR), dive summary reports, data management plans (DMP), and other documents derived from the NOAA Ocean Exploration oceanographic expeditions. All of those publications are archived in the NOAA Institutional Repository (NOAA IR).

Publications can be discovered in both NOAA Library and Information Network Catalog and NOAA IR by searching on either "mapping data report" or "cruise report." The library assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for all publications, which enable the public to have sustainable access to the cited documents.


NOAA OER Deepwater Exploration Mapping Procedures Manual

Learn about NOAA Ocean Exploration's principles and procedures for deepwater ocean exploration acoustic mapping.


Exploration Variables Identified by NOAA Ocean Exploration

“Exploration Variables Identified by NOAA Ocean Exploration” reports on high-priority exploration variables using NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as a case study to understand how NOAA Ocean Exploration address them through one of our primary assets.


Annual Reports

Since its creation in 2001, NOAA Ocean Exploration has remained the only federal organization dedicated to exploring our unknown ocean. From providing the foundation for reliable science needed to make decisions to keep us safe and profitable to reaching growing numbers of armchair and budding scientists, each year we have made significant strides in gaining knowledge about our unknown ocean.

Browse the Annual Reports below to learn more about our activities over the years.