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.


Current Operations: At Sea

From August 6 - September 2, we will conduct the third Voyage to the Ridge 2022 expedition, with mapping operations and dives using our two-bodied remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (south of the Azores) and the Azores Plateau. Video from ROV dives will be streamed online in real time from approximately 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, August 7 - August 28. During dives, we expect to explore deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, potential hydrothermal vent and extinct polymetallic sulfide systems, fracture and rift zones, and the water column.

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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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2022 Expeditions Overview

2022 Expeditions Overview

In 2022, NOAA Ocean Exploration will spend more than 200 days at sea on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while exploring in both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean basins.

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Get Involved

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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Browse Expeditions

Follow expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while underway or retrace past expeditions. For each expedition, you'll find content ranging from stories to images and videos.

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