Still from the live stream camera aboard the Okeanos Explorer showing fan corals.

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's current mission, Océano Profundo 2018, is well underway. This telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition will collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They expect to dive daily through November 19, deploying the ROV at approximately 7:00 am and recovering the vehicle at 3:30 pm ET. Check out the live stream and follow along!

4 images showing monitors, the team group photo, SEAKIT silhouetted against  the sunset, and tracking map showing the location of the ASV.

The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team accomplished their goals for their field tests in the final round of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. They were the first team to go, so now they will wait for the other teams to complete their field demonstrations.
 

Photo of the ASV BEN from the stern with the E/V Nautilus in the distance on the horizon.

Larry Mayer, grad students Erin Heffron and Corel Moreno, and most of the ASV BEN team are currently aboard the E/V Nautilus in the Channel Islands where they are using BEN to look for submerged caves along the shoreline. Watch the live stream and check out the latest videos and updates on www.nautiluslive.org. ASV ops are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST; ROV dives are between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. PST.

Photo courtesy Ocean Exploration Trust.
Semme Dijkstra being interviewed while on the deck of the Gulf surveyor.

Chronicle correspondent Anthony Everett spent a day aboard the R/V Gulf Surveyor with the Summer Hydro students and learned about the initiative to map the entire ocean by 2030

CCOM/JHC in the News

Fox News
Nov. 15, 2018

Jenn Dijkstra is quoted in an article about the prevalence of sea squirts in the Gulf of Maine.

WRAL
Oct. 29, 2018

Scientists will explore new sites in deep waters surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to learn more about coral and fish habitats as part of a 22-day mission.

Science
Oct. 31, 2018

XPRIZE, a nonprofit based in Culver City, California, runs competitions to spur innovation, and in 2015, it turned to the problem of mapping the ocean floor. Next week, eight teams will participate in the final challenge for the $7million prize.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Louise Roberts, Ph.D.

Biological Sciences
Dartmouth College

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 3:10pm
Cassie Bongiovanni
M.S. Defense

Earth Sciences/Ocean Mapping
CCOM/JHC

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, 9:30am

Recent Publications

K. Lomac-MacNair; Martin Jakobsson; A C. Mix; Francis F. Freire; Kelly Hogan; Larry A. Mayer; Mari Ann Smultea

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Sound Speed Manager streamlines the use of sound speed profiles in survey acquisition and data processing. The app provides support for commonly-used formats, model-based profile enhancement, and database management with built-in functionalities for analysis and visualization. Sound Speed Manager is an open-source project jointly developed by CCOM and NOAA Coast Survey Development Laboratory.