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Ocean Exploration: 2017

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2017 Overview

December 2016 - September 2017: A team of NOAA and external partners conducted the third year of the ‘Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE)’ field effort, deploying NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to investigate and document the diversity and distribution of deepwater environments in U.S. central Pacific waters, the high seas, and waters of several Pacific Island countries and territories.

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

2017 American Samoa Expedition: Suesuega o le Moana o Amerika Samoa (EX1702)

February - April 2017: NOAA and partners conducted two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa, with an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, and National Park of American Samoa.

Amon, D. J., Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwel, K., Suhre, K., Glickson, D., Shank, T. M., & Rotjan, R. D. (2020). Deep-Sea Debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 15. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00369

Telepresence Mapping in American Samoa and the Cook Islands (EX1704)

April 2017: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted mapping operations 24 hours per day using the ship's state-of-the-art suite of sonars focused on mapping the seafloor, the water column, and the sub-seafloor. This is the second of two Okeanos cruises focused on exploring the waters of American Samoa and Samoa, and is the first of two cruises focused on exploring the waters of the Cook Islands.

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

Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin (EX1705)

April - May 2017: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about deepwater areas as it transited across the northern portion of the Cook Islands, with focused work in the vicinity of both the Jarvis Island and Kingman/Palmyra units of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, prior to returning to Honolulu.

Amon, D. J., Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwel, K., Suhre, K., Glickson, D., Shank, T. M., & Rotjan, R. D. (2020). Deep-Sea Debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 15. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00369

Anderson, W. D., Johnson, G. D., & Nonaka, A. (2018). Review of the Groppos, Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology, 24(2), 47-80. 

Bashah, S., Galvez, K. C., Eberli, G. P., & Cantwell, K. (2020). Control of Deep Currents on Sediment and Cold-Water Coral Distribution on the Northern Manihiki Plateau. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 9. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00288

Selig, G. M., Netburn, A. N., & Malik, M. (2019). Distributions of the Pelagic Holothurian Pelagothuria in the Central Pacific Ocean as Observed by Remotely-Operated Vehicle Surveys. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00684

E/V Nautilus: 2017 Field Season (NA080-NA092)

May - November 2017: The Ocean Exploration Trust conducted the third year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Exploration Vessel Nautilus, as scientists documented and surveyed unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, and to Baja California, Mexico.

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

Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities

June 2017: A team of scientists aboard NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow spent 15 days at sea exploring canyon and slope habitats off the coast of the Northeast U.S. and Canada and sites in the Gulf of Maine with the Canadian remotely operated vehicle, ROPOS.

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

2017 Laulima O Ka Moana: Exploring Deep Monument Waters Around Johnston Atoll (EX1706)

July - August 2017: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to continue collecting critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Amon, D. J., Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwel, K., Suhre, K., Glickson, D., Shank, T. M., & Rotjan, R. D. (2020). Deep-Sea Debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 15.  doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00369

Anderson, W. D., Johnson, G. D., & Nonaka, A. (2018). Review of the Groppos, Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology, 24(2), 47-80. 

Musicians Seamounts Telepresence Mapping (EX1707)

August 2017: Operations during the expedition included focused mapping and strategic mapping transits by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer within the waters of Hawaii and in international waters at the Musician Seamounts chain.

Morrow, T. A., Mittelstaedt, E., & Kim, S. S. (2019). Are segmented fracture zones weak? Analytical and numerical models constrain anomalous bathymetry at the Clarion and Murray fracture zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 512, 214-226. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.010

Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts (EX1708)

September 2017: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas around the Musicians Seamounts and the Hawaiian Islands.

Amon, D. J., Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwel, K., Suhre, K., Glickson, D., Shank, T. M., & Rotjan, R. D. (2020). Deep-Sea Debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 15. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00369

Anderson, W. D., Johnson, G. D., & Nonaka, A. (2018). Review of the Groppos, Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology, 24(2), 47-80. 

Morrow, T. A., Mittelstaedt, E., & Kim, S. S. (2019). Are segmented fracture zones weak? Analytical and numerical models constrain anomalous bathymetry at the Clarion and Murray fracture zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 512, 214-226. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.010
 

Canal Transit and Gulf of Mexico Mapping (EX1710)

November 2017: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted an exploratory mapping expedition from Panama City, Panama, to Key West, Florida.

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

CAPSTONE Telepresence Mapping in Pacific Marine Protected Areas (EX1701)

January - February 2017: This seafloor mapping expedition commenced on January 20, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and concluded on February 11 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

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

Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas (EX1703)

March 2017: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Howland and Baker Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

Amon, D. J., Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwel, K., Suhre, K., Glickson, D., Shank, T. M., & Rotjan, R. D. (2020). Deep-Sea Debris in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 15. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00369

Anderson, W. D., Johnson, G. D., & Nonaka, A. (2018). Review of the Groppos, Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology, 24(2), 47-80. 

Auscavitch, S. R., Deere, M. C., Keller, A. G., Rotjan, R. D., Shank, T. M., & Cordes, E. E. (2020). Oceanographic Drivers of Deep-Sea Coral Species Distribution and Community Assembly on Seamounts, Islands, Atolls, and Reefs Within the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 42. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00042

Pushing the Boundaries: Technology-driven Exploration of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

April - July 2017: Following the expansion of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2014, one of the prime research goals has been surveying newly included sanctuary areas for undiscovered shipwrecks. Over the course of a four-part expedition throughout the spring and summer of 2017, the sanctuary hosted a multifaceted, ongoing research project to apply new tools toward searching for these wrecks.

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

Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll

May 2017: Scientists explored sunken aircraft associated with the Battle of Midway, adding an important maritime heritage component to our understanding of the broader history of World War II in the Pacific. This year is the 75th anniversary of the battle, and this project aims to raise awareness and honor the legacy of the brave men who helped to turn the tide in the Pacific during the course of the Battle of Midway.

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

Exploring Methane Seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin: IMMeRSS

May 2017: Scientists on the IMMeRSS (Interagency Mission for Methane Research at Seafloor Seeps) expedition focused on the geology, ecology, chemistry, and physics of methane seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic margin between Baltimore Canyon and Hatteras Canyon at water depths of 400-1,600 meters.

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

Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs and Their Regional Connectivity

May - June 2017: The R/V F.G. Walton Smith circumnavigated Cuba, conducting daily remotely operated vehicle dives to focus on the mesophotic reef in order to discover and characterize the extent of mesophotic reefs in Cuba and to compare the health and connectivity (physical, genetic, and ecological) among the mesophotic and shallow coral reef systems in Cuba and the United States.

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

Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S.

August 2017: NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science led an expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map, survey, and sample deep-sea coral ecosystems in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Bight.

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

DEEP SEARCH: DEEP Sea Exploration to Advance Research on Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats

September 2017: Scientists used a combination of mapping with water column profiling and sampling to improve knowledge of the geology along the U.S. continental margin, the types of communities found on the seafloor, and the mid-water communities that interact with those seafloor communities.

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

Discovering Deep-Sea Corals of the Phoenix Islands

October - November 2017: The goal of this expedition was to provide the first glimpse of the deepwater communities within the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on Earth, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. This work was conducted during a 30-day cruise on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor.

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

Gulf of Mexico 2017 (EX1711)

November - December 2017: A team of scientists and technicians, both at-sea and shore-based, conducted exploratory investigations into the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and associated marine communities in the Gulf of Mexico basin.

Kennedy, B. R. C., Cantwell, K., Malik, M., Kelley, C., Potter, J., Elliott, K., . . . Rotjan, R. D. (2019). The Unknown and the Unexplored: Insights Into the Pacific Deep-Sea Following NOAA CAPSTONE Expeditions. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, Unsp 480. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00480


Ruppel, C. D., & Waite, W. F. (2020). Timescales and Processes of Methane Hydrate Formation and Breakdown, With Application to Geologic Systems. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 125(8), 43.  doi:10.1029/2018jb016459