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NOAA Ocean Exploration: 2014

Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico 2014 (EX1402)

February - May 2014: 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 Gulf of Mexico. This expedition focused on acquiring data on priority exploration areas identified by management and science communities.

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

East Coast Mapping (EX1403)

May 2014: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 16-day mapping expedition beginning in Tampa, Florida, and ending at the ship’s homeport of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Exploratory ocean mapping occured at all times during the expedition as the Okeanos Explorer traveled around the Florida Keys and northward along the U.S. East Coast.

Search for the Lost French Fleet of 1565

July - August 2014: A team of maritime archaeologists from the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, the research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, embarked on a mission to discover the lost French Fleet of 1565.

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

Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014

September 2014: Scientists on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus visited several unexplored seamounts that punctuate the seafloor within the Caribbean Sea, uncovering information about geologic, biologic, and oceanographic processes.

Quattrini, A. M., Demopoulos, A. W. J., Singer, R., Roa-Varon, A., & Chaytor, J. D. (2017). Demersal fish assemblages on seamounts and other rugged features in the northeastern Caribbean. Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 123, 90-104. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.03.009

Uiblein, F., Nielsen, J. G., Baldwin, C. C., Quattrini, A. M., & Robertson, R. (2019). Discovery of a Distinctive Spotted Color Pattern in the Cuskeel Neobythites unicolor (Teleostei, Ophidiidae) Based on Underwater-Vehicle Dives, with New Records from the Southern and Eastern Caribbean. Copeia, 107(2), 277-286. doi:10.1643/ci-18-148

Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 - Ironman

November - December 2014: Scientists traveled to the Submarine Ring of Fire to study iron-oxidizing bacteria at hydrothermal vents and how carbon dioxide from submarine volcanoes impacts nearby biological communities.

Tepp, G., Chadwick, W. W., Haney, M. M., Lyons, J. J., Dziak, R. P., Merle, S. G., . . . Young, C. W. (2019). Hydroacoustic, Seismic, and Bathymetric Observations of the 2014 Submarine Eruption at Ahyi Seamount, Mariana Arc. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 20(7), 3608-3627. doi:10.1029/2019gc008311

Chen C, Watanabe HK (2022) A new provannid snail (Gastropoda, Abyssochrysoidea) discovered from Northwest Eifuku Volcano, Mariana Arc. ZooKeys 1112: 123-137.

Hager, K., H. Fullerton, D. A. Butterfield, and C. L. Moyer (2017), Community structure of lithotrophically driven microbial mats from the Mariana arc and back-arc, Front. Microbiol., 8, 1578, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01578.

HADES: Kermadec Trench Expedition 2014

April - May 2014: Scientists on board the R/V Thompson, used the hybrid remotely operated vehicle, Nereus, to explore systematically for the first time the hadal Kermadec trench system and the neighboring abyssal plain in the Southwestern Pacific, north of New Zealand.

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

NOAA - Boeing Echo Ranger Pilot AUV Mission 2014

May 2014: NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center worked with Boeing under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to explore the potential applicability of the large autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger for a rockfish survey.

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

Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys 2014

August 2014: This was the third year of a five-year study to investigate the role that the mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) may play in replenishing key fish species, such as grouper and snapper, and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.

Harter, S. L., Moe, H., Reed, J. K., & David, A. W. (2017). Fish assemblages associated with red grouper pits at Pulley Ridge, a mesophotic reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishery Bulletin, 115(3), 419-432. doi:10.7755/fb.115.3.11

Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014 (EX1404)

August - October 2014: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer explored the largely unknown deep-sea ecosystems of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Our at-sea and shore-based science team collected baseline data in the Atlantic submarine canyons and along the New England Seamount Chain.

Auster, P. J., Hodge, B. C., McKee, M. P., & Kraus, S. D. (2020). A Scientific Basis for Designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 14. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00566

Return to Mendocino Ridge: U.S Extended Continental Shelf Project, Exploratory Mapping Expedition

September - October 2014: NOAA and University of New Hampshire scientists aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-operated Research Vessel Atlantis conducted a mapping expedition to the Mendocino Ridge off the coast of northern California.

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