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Ocean Exploration: 2018

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2018 Overview

October 2017 - September 2018: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer returned to the Atlantic Ocean and conducted a series of expeditions to continue exploration of the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic.

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

Peleliu’s Forgotten World War II Battlefield

March - April 2018: At 0800 on September 15, 1944, the first waves of men in 73 amphibious tractors started for the beaches of Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands of the western Pacific. This project was the first of its kind in Peleliu to explore the landing beaches and fringing reef by conducting a comprehensive, systematic remote sensing search for the material remains from this forgotten battlefield.

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

Voyage to the White Shark Café

April - May 2018: A multidisciplinary team aboard the Research Vessel Falkor journeyed to an open patch in the Pacific Ocean known as the “White Shark Café” to study one of the most iconic predators in the ocean: The white shark.

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

E/V Nautilus: 2018 Field Season

June - November 2018: From June to November, scientists will use the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus to document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, and for the first time, west to the Hawaiian Islands. This marks the ship’s fourth year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and will be one of its most extensive seasons to date.

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

Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin (EX1806)

May - July 2018: NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas of the Southeastern United States.

Auster, P. J., Cantwell, K., Grubbs, R. D., & Hoy, S. (2020). Observations of deep-sea sharks and associated species at a large food fall on the continental margin off South Carolina, USA (NW Atlantic). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 35. doi:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3932138

Kiska: Alaska's Underwater Battlefield

July 2018: The Aleutian campaign was the sole World War II campaign fought on North American soil, and Kiska Island, along with Attu Island to the west, are the only United States territories occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years. While the terrestrial battlefield is well documented, the maritime component remains largely unexplored. This team built on existing archaeological and historical data to explore one of the least studied, yet most significant sites of World War II.

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

Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats (DEEP SEARCH)

August - September 2018: From August 19 to September 2, 2018, NOAA and partners at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a research expedition on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-operated R/V Atlantis to collect critical baseline information about deepwater habitats offshore the U.S. Mid- and South Atlantic.

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

Mapping Deepwater Areas off the Southeast U.S. in Support of the Extended Continental Shelf Project (EX1810)

October 2018: From October 1 to October 24, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 24-day exploratory mapping expedition to collect critical data for the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project. These operations will target three adjacent priority areas east of the Blake Plateau, northeast of the Bahamas.

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

Océano Profundo 2018: Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (EX1811)

October - November 2018: From October 30 - November 20, NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

Gulf of Mexico Technology Demonstration (EX1802)

March - April 2018: The Gulf of Mexico Technology Demonstration was the first operational cruise on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2018, during which we conducted our first emerging technology demonstration projects. We worked with three new technologies.

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

Gulf of Mexico 2018 (EX1803)

April - May 2018: NOAA and partners conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Long, N. P., & Farina, S. C. (2019). Enormous gill chambers of deep-sea coffinfishes (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) support unique ventilatory specialisations such as breath holding and extreme inflation. Journal of Fish Biology, 95(2), 502-509.  doi:10.1111/jfb.14003
 

DeepCCZ

May - June 2018: The DeepCCZ Project used the best-available technology in deep-sea ecological, taxonomic, and connectivity studies to study deep-sea biodiversity in the western Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the central Pacific Ocean.

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

Aviators Down

June - September 2018: Between June 27 and September 26, 2018, a team surveyed five areas of Lake Huron within and adjacent to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Through geospatial analysis of historical records, these areas were determined to be likely sites for lost World War II training aircraft. None of the five areas of Lake Huron, located off Alcona and Iosco Counties in Michigan, had been previously surveyed.

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

Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration: ASPIRE

2018 - 2020: The Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration, or ASPIRE, is a collaborative ocean exploration field program focused on the North Atlantic Ocean.

Mapping Deepwater Areas in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Bight (EX1812)

November - December 2018: From November 28 to December 16, 2018, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and its partners conducted telepresence-enabled mapping and remotely operated vehicle dives in support of federal agency and scientific community needs in the deep waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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

SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog)

August - September 2018: From August 25 - September 11, 2018, scientists characterized and systematically sampled across a range of pressures and temperatures at Lō`ihi Seamount in order to investigate whether this underwater volcano can serve as an analog of possible hydrothermal systems on the seafloor of Enceladus and other Ocean World systems.

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

Mapping Deepwater Areas Southeast of Bermuda in Support of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation (EX1807)

July-August 2018: From July 12 to August 4, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 24-day exploratory mapping expedition to collect critical baseline information about an unknown and poorly understood deepwater priority area southeast of Bermuda identified by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group at the 4th Annual Galway Statement Implementation Committee Meeting in April 2017.

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