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Ocean Exploration: 2016

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2016 Field Season Overview

February - September 2016: A team of NOAA and external partners investigated and documented deep-water environments in and around the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, and Wake Atoll section of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

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

2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi (EX1603)

February - March 2016: Scientists continued 2015 Hohonu Moana expedition efforts to explore deep-water habitats in and around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The expedition included work on seamounts in the Mid-Pacific Mountains while en route to port in Kwajalein.

Embley, R. W. and Rubin, K. H. (2018). Extensive young silicic volcanism produces large deep submarine lava flows in the NE Lau Basin. Bulletin of Volcanology, 80(4), 23. doi:10.1007/s00445-018-1211-7

Wicksten, M. K. (2017). Feeding on cnidarians by giant pycnogonids (Pycnogonida: Colossendeidae Jarzinsky, 1870) in the North Central Pacific and North Atlantic oceans. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 37(3), 359-360. doi:10.1093/jcbiol/rux034

Find other documents from this expedition in the NOAA IR

Mapping in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (EX1604)

March - April 2016: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted 24-hour mapping operations to explore the largely unknown region surrounding the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). This was the first of three cruises in the 2016 field season focused on deepwater exploration of the PRIMNM.


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

2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

Hidden Ocean 2016: Chukchi Borderlands

July - August 2016: A team of scientists, media personnel, and educators sailed to the Arctic's Chukchi Borderlands onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. They investigated microbial communities in sea ice, water, and seafloor environments; water column (planktonic) organisms; invertebrate and fish seafloor (benthic) communities; as well as conducted observations of marine mammals and seabirds.

Battle of the Atlantic: Archaeology of an Underwater World War II Battlefield

August - September 2016: The primary focus of this mission was to completely characterize the remains of a World War II Naval Battlefield. For years, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary has been conducting a series of comprehensive surveys of WWII shipwrecks off North Carolina associated with the Battle of the Atlantic. In 2014, following years of research and searching, the remains of the KS-520 battle were discovered. Scientists revisited the region for further study.

Telepresence Seafloor Mapping in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument - Wake Island Unit

August - September 2016: Mapping efforts focused on using NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer deepwater sonar systems to explore several unnamed, previously unexplored seamounts near Wake Island during a transit from Kwajalein Atoll to the operational working grounds near Wake Island, followed by final transit to Honolulu, Hawaii.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Mission System Shakedown 2016 (EX1602)

February 2016: The team conducted a shakedown of newly installed systems, tested data work flow and integration, and prepared for the rest of the field season. A primary objective of this cruise was to test the remotely operated vehicle (ROVs) in a controlled environment and train new ROV engineers.

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

Deepwater Exploration of Glacier Bay National Park

March - April 2016: A University of Maine-led team conducted the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park using both diver-based surveys and a remotely operated vehicle.


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

Citizen Exploration: Return to the SS Tahoe

June 2016: A team used OpenROV submersibles to explore the SS Tahoe shipwreck. They documented the expedition and engaged with virtual citizen explorers online and demonstrated best practices that can be adopted by the citizen exploration community at large. While not a NOAA-funded expedition, the project served as an opportunity for NOAA to help support a new citizen exploration model.


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

E/V Nautilus: 2016 Field Season

May - September 2016: The Ocean Exploration Trust embarked on a four-month expedition aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. In its second year of exploring the eastern Pacific Ocean, Nautilus visited sites from British Columbia and along the west coast of North America down to southern California, including regions within several national marine sanctuaries.

Deepwater Wonders of Wake: Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

July - August 2016: NOAA and partners will conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruise on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information in and around the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Exploring Carolina Canyons

August - September 2016: A team of scientists and engineers aboard NOAA Ship Pisces explored three deepwater canyons off the coast of North Carolina. Specifically, the team will target Keller, Pamlico, and Hatteras canyons.

Searching for Life in the Mariana Back-arc

November - December 2016: A team led by scientists from the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor traveled to the Mariana Back-arc, to explore newly discovered hydrothermal vents and the life they support.

Shakedown, Calibration, and Testing in the Main Hawaiian Islands

December 2016: The Okeanos team conducted two at-sea "shakedown" cruises, to test all of the ship’s mission systems to ensure everything is performing properly and that the ship is fully ready for 2017 expeditions. The first cruise was focused primarily on testing remotely operated vehicle and telepresence systems. The second cruise was dedicated to mapping and continued telepresence shakedown.