NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Updates Archive

This page contains an archive of stories regarding NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research accomplishments and announcements; for more recent stories, visit this page.

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  • OER’s New Video Discovery and Access Portal

    November 30, 2016

    On November 30, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) launched the new OER Video Portal – a self-service web portal allowing anyone to access video segments and highlights recorded onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during expeditions conducted from 2010 through 2016. Portal users can search for, discover, preview, and/or directly download low-resolution video files and place orders for full-resolution video files.

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  • Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announces Roster of Teams and Advisory Board

    October 13, 2016

    XPRIZE announced today a total of 32 teams exit icon from 22 countries will compete to win the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE exit icon. The three-year global competition, announced in December 2015 exit icon, challenges teams to advance technologies for rapid, unmanned, and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.

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  • Scientists Aboard Okeanos Explorer Discover Largest Sponge Known in the World in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

    May 25, 2016

    This week, the scientific journal Marine Biodiversity published a study describing the largest sponge known in the world exit icon, found at a depth of 7,000 feet within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The sponge was close to 12 feet long and 7 feet wide, comparable in size to a minivan.

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  • Extensive Coral Communities found in Glacier Bay National Park

    April 18, 2016

    On a recent research expedition in Alaska, scientists aboard the R/V Norseman II conducted the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Using both surveys by scuba divers and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Kraken2, scientists found an abundance of cold-water corals and associated organisms that use these corals as habitat, from the very bottom to the top of the submerged portion of the fjords.

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  • OER’s New Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

    March 30, 2016

    On March 22, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research launched the new Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide – a collection of in situ images created from video frame grabs taken from Deep Discoverer (D2) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video.

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  • NOAA Atlantic Canyons Campaign Informs Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Planning

    December 15, 2014

    Upon request from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), Dr. Martha Nizinski, National Marine Fisheries Service Zoologist, presented relevant results from NOAA’s multi-year campaign in the Northeast Atlantic Canyons to Council members and the public on December 12. The request follows from a MAFMC decision to consider mechanisms to protect deep coral habitats in offshore canyons.

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  • Exploring 'Omic Technologies to Support Ecosystem Understanding and Fisheries Assessments

    November 19, 2014

    The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is teaming up with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and Integrated Ocean Observing System, as well as the J.C. Venter Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to enhance ecosystem observation programs by integrating genome-enabled techniques and technologies (i.e., ‘omics) into the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations.

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  • Contributing to First National Network to Monitor Marine Biodiversity

    October 15, 2014

    Our fragile coastal and marine ecosystems face increasing threats from human activities, climate change, and other factors. To mitigate and adapt to such threats, we need a fuller, more integrated picture of how the biodiversity within these ecosystems may be changing, especially since marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical to sustaining natural resources such as fisheries.

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  • Investigating Greenhouse Gases in the Deep Sea Using Telepresence Technology

    October 3, 2014

    From September 25 to October 9, investigators from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are being funded by NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program to help conduct the first-ever in situ chemical and stable isotopic exploration of two unique seafloor sites in the Caribbean (the Kick ‘Em Jenny Seamount and Barbados Mud Volcanos).

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  • NOAA Participating in Star-Spangled Spectacular: September 10-15

    September 9, 2014

    From September 10-16, the City of Baltimore is coming together for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, to celebrate maritime history and commemorate Maryland’s contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the birth of our national anthem.

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  • Methane Seeps Discovered Along U.S. Atlantic Seafloor Using Data from Okeanos Explorer Expeditions

    August 24, 2014

    More than 500 methane cold seeps have been discovered along the Atlantic Ocean margin of the United States, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. The discovery of these gas seeps suggests that natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread than previously thought.

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  • New Seamount Discovered During ECS Mapping

    August 20, 2014

    A notable discovery has come out of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Task Force mapping efforts in an area of the Pacific Ocean that is one of the least explored of the Earth's oceans.

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  • Expedition to Study Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems off the Florida Coast

    August 5, 2014

    NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is part of a major cooperative expedition to Pulley Ridge, off the southwest coast of Florida, to study how the mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Pulley Ridge connect with the downstream coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. The upcoming part of the expedition is taking place on the R/V F.G. Walton Smith from Aug. 14-28, with 12 scientists and technicians.

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  • NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gets Some TLC

    July 31, 2014

    Life at sea is hard – not just on people, but also on equipment and vessels. After completing her work in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pulled into port in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, at the end of May for some much-deserved TLC.

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  • Ice-covered Hydrothermal Fields of the Arctic

    July 30, 2014

    Drs. Chris German and Jeff Seewald, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, are participating in a multi-national expedition to study carbon dioxide hydrothermal venting on the Gakkel Ridge, in the Arctic Ocean.

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  • Collapsed Volcano Inspires Natural Coral Reef Lab

    July 16, 2014

    As climate change continues, scientists are in a race to predict the ways it will affect the natural environment. By understanding climate change, they hope to anticipate issues related to food supply, habitat management, and natural resources.

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  • Search for the Lost French Fleet

    July 9, 2014

    The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is funding an upcoming expedition to look for the “Lost French Fleet,” four French Hugenot ships that sank in 1562, off the coast of Florida, after a sudden storm. The expedition will take place between July 14 and August 18, 2014.

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  • NOAA and University Scientists Study Plastic Debris in the Ocean

    December 12, 2013

    NOAA and university scientists, using data from two ocean expeditions across the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, found that tiny pieces of plastic (micro-plastic) were widespread, but the abundance and density varied both vertically in the water column and horizontally.

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