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NOAA Ocean Exploration: 2012

Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012 Expeditions

February - August 2012: A team of NOAA and external partners conducted a mapping ‘blitz’ focused on deepwater canyons off the northeastern seaboard.

Brothers, D. S., Ruppel, C., Kluesner, J. W., ten Brink, U. S., Chaytor, J. D., Hill, J. C., Andrews, B. D. and Flores, C. (2014). Seabed fluid expulsion along the upper slope and outer shelf of the U. S. Atlantic continental margin. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(1), 96-101. doi:10.1002/2013gl058048

Brothers, L. L., Van Dover, C. L., German, C. R., Kaiser, C. L., Yoerger, D. R., Ruppel, C. D., Lobecker, E., Skarke, A. D. and Wagner, J. K. S. (2013). Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin. Geology, 41(7), 807-810. doi:10.1130/g34217.1

Pillsbury, L. and Weber, T. C. (2015). Fate of methane gas bubbles emitted from the seafloor along the Western Atlantic Margin as observed by active sonar. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(4), 2361-2361. doi:10.1121/1.4920575

Skarke, A., Ruppel, C., Kodis, M., Brothers, D. and Lobecker, E. (2014). Widespread methane leakage from the sea floor on the northern US Atlantic margin. Nature Geoscience, 7(9), 657-661. doi:10.1038/ngeo2232

Wagner, J. K. S., McEntee, M. H., Brothers, L. L., German, C. R., Kaiser, C. L., Yoerger, D. R. and Van Dover, C. L. (2013). Cold-seep habitat mapping: High-resolution spatial characterization of the Blake Ridge Diapir seep field. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92, 183-188. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.02.008

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2012

April 2012: During a 10-day cruise on the Research Vessel Melville, scientists probed for strange new biological life forms, communities, and ecosystems dependent unknown conditions.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.

Exploring the Submerged New World 2012

July 2012: Scientists returned to two dive sites they visited in 2009, hoping to excavate late Pleistocene terrestrial sediments containing plants, animals, and perhaps artifacts from some of the first human beings to arrive in the New World.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.

Deepwater Canyons 2012: Pathways to the Abyss

August - October 2012: Scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster explored and characterized hard- and soft-bottom communities as well as shipwreck sites in canyons off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland.

Meyer, K. S., Brooke, S. D., Sweetman, A. K., Wolf, M., & Young, C. M. (2017). Invertebrate communities on historical shipwrecks in the western Atlantic: relation to islands. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 566, 17-29.  doi:10.3354/meps12058

Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: Northeast Lau Basin

September 2012: See the highlights, including daily logs, images, and video, from a series of expeditions to explore the submarine volcanoes of the Western Pacific.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.

Gulf of Mexico 2012 (EX1202)

March - April 2012: A team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Hoving, H. J. T., & Vecchione, M. (2012). Mating Behavior of a Deep-Sea Squid Revealed by in situ Videography and the Study of Archived Specimens. The Biological Bulletin, 223(3), 263-267. doi:10.1086/BBLv223n3p263

Jerram, K., Weber, T. C., & Beaudoin, J. (2015). Split-beam echo sounder observations of natural methane seep variability in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 16(3), 736-750. doi:10.1002/2014gc005429

Pietsch, T. W., Ross, S. W., Caruso, J. H., Saunders, M. G., & Fisher, C. R. (2013). In-Situ Observations of the Deep-sea Goosefish Sladenia shaefersi Caruso and Bullis (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae), with Evidence of Extreme Sexual Dimorphism. Copeia, 2013(4), 660-665. doi:10.1643/CI-13-023

Weber, T. C., Mayer, L., Jerram, K., Beaudoin, J., Rzhanov, Y., & Lovalvo, D. (2014). Acoustic estimates of methane gas flux from the seabed in a 6000 km(2) region in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 15(5), 1911-1925. doi:10.1002/2014gc005271

Wicksten, M. K., & Heathman, T. (2015). New host records for Bathypalaemonella serratipalma (Caridea: Bathypalaemonellidae) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8. doi:10.1017/S1755267215000779

Lophelia II 2012: Deepwater Platform Corals

July 2012: Scientists aboard the Research Vessel Brooks McCall set off on their fifth and final expedition to investigate the deep-water coral communities of the Gulf of Mexico.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.

Turkey and Cyprus Expedition 2012

July - August 2012: Learn what scientists uncovered while on board Exploration Vessel Nautilus to explore the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Turkey and Cyprus.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.

Russian-U.S. Arctic Census 2012

August - September 2012: Learn how scientists conducted long-term research to better understand the causes and consequences of environmental change in the fragile Arctic environment.

Mecklenburg, C. W., Stein, D. L., Sheiko, B. A., Chernova, N. V., Mecklenburg, T. A., & Holladay, B. A. (2007). Russian - American long-term census of the arctic: benthic fishes trawled in the Chukchi Sea and Bering Strait, August 2004. Northwestern Naturalist, 88(3), 168-187. doi:10.1898/1051-1733(2007)88[168:rlcota];2

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Canyons Expedition (EX1206)

November 2012: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer operated in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary.

No known articles related to this expedition have been published at this time.