Tropical Exploration 2015

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • Mission Complete

    June 17, 2015

    June 17

    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has successfully completed dry dock and is now on her way to Hawaii in preparation for the next three months’ worth of mapping and remotely operated vehicle operations.

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  • What Inspires You about the Ocean?

    June 8, 2015

    June 8

    In honor of World Oceans Day, we asked our team what inspires them about the ocean.

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  • Sonars on the Okeanos Explorer

    June 6, 2015  |  By Lindsay McKenna

    June 6

    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer collects baseline ocean mapping data using sonars, which stands for Sound Navigation and Ranging.

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  • Bellingham Bound

    June 5, 2015  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    June 5

    Yesterday afternoon we departed San Francisco, California, to head towards the location of our dry dock repair period, Bellingham, Washington. In good weather, Bellingham is about a 4 day steam away. However, we have not been in good weather.

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  • Surviving on a Ship from the Perspective of a Landlubber

    June 4, 2015  |  By Jonathan Cotugno

    June 4

    Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word ‘surviving’. Surviving implies there is some hardship to overcome. There aren’t many hardships aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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  • The Other 95% - A Campaign to Map the World’s Oceans

    June 2, 2015  |  By Abigail Casavant, Jonathan Cotugno, Kate von Krusenstiern, and Michael Barber

    June 2

    We set a timeframe to map the ocean in ten years and calculated how many ships would be needed. Each vessel would map a specific geographic area. This method allows us to optimize time and technology.

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  • Training to Be an Ocean Explorer

    May 30, 2015  |  By Abigail Casavant

    May 30

    When I received the notification that I would be one of NOAA’s Explorers-In-Training aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, I was excited to join my first expedition out to sea.

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  • Excerpts from an Intern

    May 26, 2015  |  By Kate von Krusenstiern

    May 26

    Kate von Krusenstiern here. It has been a full two weeks aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. This is voyage of firsts for me: first time at sea, first time participating in a research cruise, and first time working with multibeam sonar data.

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  • What We're Discovering Along the Way

    May 25, 2015  |  By Lindsay McKenna

    May 25

    During this expedition we are transiting over the East Pacific Rise. This region is marked by chains of seamounts and small undersea mountains called knolls.

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  • Sonars Secured

    May 23, 2015  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    May 23

    When planning for this expedition began several months ago, one of the first things on Expedition Coordinator Lindsay Mckenna’s To Do list was to start the permitting process.

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  • Measuring Surface Salinity

    May 22, 2015  |  By Julian Schanze

    May 22

    The launch of two satellites has changed the way we measure and think about surface salinity in the ocean: NASA’s Aquarius instrument on the SAC-D platform and its European counterpart, ESA’s SMOS, are the first sensors capable of measuring salinity from space.

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  • Heading to Dry Dock

    May 22, 2015  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    May 22

    The last few days have been a flurry of emails, meetings, phone calls, and schedule revisions between the ship and shore as the decision was made to divert NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer from her current course to head to the west coast of the United States for an emergency dry dock repair period.

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  • #girlswithtoys

    May 20, 2015  |  By Lindsay McKenna

    May 20

    Last night someone shared an article with me about the #girlswithtoys trending on social media, which highlights female scientists and their “toys” or tools of the trade.

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  • Welcome Aboard!

    May 16, 2015  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    May 16

    NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer left the pier in Panama City, Panama this morning at 0900, and so begins our adventure in the Pacific.

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  • Order of the Ditch

    May 15, 2015  |  By LT Laura Gallant

    May 15

    A few days ago, we crossed through the Panama Canal and the officers, crew, and science party aboard Okeanos Explorer received the Order of the Ditch.

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  • Exploring the Unknown Ocean

    May 13, 2015  |  By Alan P. Leonardi, Ph.D.

    May 13

    For those who don’t know me or haven’t met me yet, I am the Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER).

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