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Remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer images an outcrop wall within Mona Canyon during the Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts

NOAA’s ocean exploration advisory board forges ahead with new members

On December 10, 2020, the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB) will hold its 18th meeting. With the June 2020 release of the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, ocean exploration is in the spotlight. During the December meeting, the OEAB will make recommendations to the administration for advancing ocean exploration over the next 6-12 months. It will do so with five new members on board.

NOAA releases manual to inform deepwater exploration mapping

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration (OER) has released the NOAA OER Deepwater Exploration Mapping Procedures Manual to describe the office’s approach to deepwater ocean exploration acoustic mapping. OER is sharing this manual as a contribution to broader cross-agency efforts to develop standard ocean mapping protocols and to serve as a guide for other interested public and private entities conducting deepwater mapping and exploration.

Mapping, listening at the bottom of the sea

Barely had the ink dried on the partnership agreement signed by NOAA and ocean explorer Victor Vescovo, owner of Caladan Oceanic LLC, when his team headed out to the Pacific Ocean to dive and map the Mariana Trench, and answer the questions — how deep and where exactly is the bottom of the ocean.

Sharon L. Walker

Finding the Fire Beneath the Waves by Leslie Irwin, OAR Communications Specialist Walker spends her time surveying and mapping the ocean floor and sampling the …

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